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Who Really Won the West?
It was a lawless land and perilous times, who could be trusted? In an expanding country, filled with unknowns, who would bring order and keep things “square and on the level?” Freemasons!
Freemasons did not end their influence with the development of the 13 colonies! Freemasons were part of the American fabric; with well over 50% of all 18th Century men having joined the order, Freemasons were destined to have a major impact on the growth of our country.
As soon as the colonies won independence, Masons and the Masonic order pushed our country Westward. In this stunning documentary series, we chronicle how the American spread westward was directly tied to the efforts of the Masonic brotherhood.
Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, Lewis and Clark and Buffalo Bill Cody - Even a number of famous gunslingers like Billy the Kid - All Freemasons.
Those are just a few of the names of men we know that were Freemasons and had a profound impact on the growth of the American West. There were many men with Masonic roots that pushed the growth of our country forward; making it what it is today.
Freemasonry was the original social network; just like Facebook or LinkedIn, men used their Masonic network and connections while conducting their business in a wild and unknown land. But, unlike Facebook, where one can easily add a friend with little effort, Masonic tradition demanded rites of passage and those rites required that men live up to a moral standard that dovetailed perfectly with the requirements of men settling a new frontier.
This documentary series explores the fascinating history and story of Freemasonry’s profound impact on America’s expansion Westward, the building of our country and how Masonic teachings influenced the exercise of our American ideal.
The story of Freemasonry is truly the story of America: hard working, virtuous, religious and trustworthy men that saw a brighter future for themselves and their fellow man.
This documentary series explores the fascinating history and story of Freemasonry’s profound impact on America’s expansion Westward, the building of our country and how Masonic teachings influenced the exercise of the American ideal.
It’s all who you know! - This episode tells the story of how Masons used their connections in the explosive growth westward and how the secretive nature of the order has kept Freemasons out of the history books, until now.
Western Expansion – Freemasons, used their social network lead major expeditions, held key government posts, started companies and interconnected their businesses to the point that they built infrastructures that still exist today.
The Fighting Masons – Amazing events connected to the Freemasons fill the history of westward expansion, from group of Masons that fought at the Alamo, to heroic Civil War stories of Confederate Masonic brothers coming to the aid of their Union Masonic rivals.
Infamous Masons – Gunslingers like Billy the Kid or showmen like Buffalo Bill Cody tell another side of Masons in the west. In fact, Mormon founder Joseph Smith was thrown out of the brotherhood for violating Masonic rules.
The Advancement of Civilization and Freemasonry – The Masonic influence on our government during the revolution is well known. This episode demonstrates influence of Freemasons on the governmental structure of the west.
The Great Showmen – A look at Freemasons in the west would not be complete without a look at their influence on popular culture – from Wild Bill Cody to fictional cowboys like Roy Rogers, they found ways to integrate their training as masons into their work.
Successful Production Team
First, one of the things we say right out. There are no guarantees, but we have had three networks express a high level of interest in the project. We have already made preliminary pitches and they want to see more. Which, is why we need the funding.
Masonic & Western History Expert
Mike Moore is a historian, author and lecturer. He has six books to his credit; over 150 articles and for thirteen years was staff writer a respected history magazine. He is a recognized authority on the early American West and has been on the History Channel Special, Jedediah Smith and the Opening of The West. Mike is a contributing expert to The Encyclopedia of Western Expansion winning the best new reference book for 2011 by the Library Association, and has articles in such magazines as True West, On The Trail and Muzzleloader.
In Freemasonry – Mr. Moore is a 2008 Scottish Rite Fellow, writing a monthly educational article for the Denver Consistory's Riteworks, is a apart of the Colorado Grand Lodge's Speakers Bureau, is archivist for the Denver Consistory, a past Master of his lodge and has authored two Masonic Almanacs (something not done in America for over 100 years).
Carl Hartman, CEO Green Cheese Media Group
Carl Hartman worked for almost ten years as a network executive for PBS and Great Plains National, the producers of the multi-Emmy Award winning Reading Rainbow. His original series Amazing Art Adventures aired nationally on PBS. He was responsible for budgets in excess of $15 million. Carl’s work was voted Best of the Best by his peers at PBS. Additionally, he has contributed as co-producer for episodes of The American Experience and Massive Moves on the National Geographic Channel.
Doug Stanley - Linear Content Creative Director, Major Broadcast Projects Initiatives
Doug Stanley, CEO and Executive Producer of Ridgeline Entertainment has worked for last 25 years in mainstream television. Today, he is best known for his seven years of story telling as an original and seven-year producer of Discovery Channel’s global HIT show “Deadliest Catch,”, which now airs in over 200 countries in 45 languages. In addition, Doug has also acted as producer of a host of other top shows for Discovery Channel, Fox, NBC, Animal Planet and Country Music Television, and been directly involved in the production and delivery of over 400 hours of primetime television.
Paul W. Cooper
Paul W. Cooper has been a working freelance television and motion picture screenwriter for more than twenty years. With over 60 television credits and one motion picture, his awards include three Emmys, the Humanitas Prize and three Writers Guild Award nominations. He wrote the film ONCE UPON A TIME WHEN WE WERE COLORED which won Best Picture honors at the Movie Guide Awards and Annual Black Film Festival.
His television credits include MURDER, SHE WROTE, HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and THE WALTONS. He served as Story Editor on Oprah Winfrey's dramatic series BREWSTER PLACE, about a woman residing in the inner-city and how she touched the lives of the people she encountered there.
What We Need
Yeah, you would think that successful producers would have tons of money. NOT! This is a high risk business and our income goes to producing shows, paying our staff and overhead. Truth is, we are blue collar people like most of you and we produce shows like this because we are passionate about our work.
Additionally, our desire when the final production is produced is to donate all proceeds to charitable activities.
First Round Budget (Already Self Funded)
$4300 - Union/WGA Screenwriter
$2200 - Video Production
$1350 - Graphics
$1075 - Printing, Travel, Accomodations
$8925 - Approx., Spent to-date.
Second Round Budget (Crowed Funded)
$1300 - Union/WGA Screenwriter
$3750 - Video Production
$1000 - Graphics
$1300 - Printing, Travel, Accomodations
$7050 - Approx., Required to Complete (After Indiegogo Fees).
What happens if we don't get the money? We get the money. We often sell our children or knock over a bank. (Kidding). Should we not hit the mark, we may delay presenting to the network for 6 months.
This is a story that has yet to be told. While there are wild conspiracy theories that float around about groups like the Freemasons, little is told about the huge contributions the organization made and continues to make in charitable works and benevolent activities.
The final project, when picked up by a network will be used to fund charitable activities.
Other Ways You Can Help
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