best html templates

PROPOSAL

AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH
HOW IMMIGRANTS FROM ULSTER
AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
INFLUENCED DEMOCRACY IN
THE UNITED STATES
Project ID: AOI-20171121
A ONE-HOUR DOCUMENTARY
FOR PUBLIC TELEVISION

Thank You

FOR CONSIDERING US!

We appreciate your willingness to consider contributing production funding for our planned public television documentary AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH. As you read this prospectus, you will see why viewers will recognize your admirable public service for making this program possible.

Our film will recount the little-known but vital role of the people known as the “Scotch-Irish” or “Scots-Irish” in shaping our country’s democratic traditions. It will not be ancestor - worship, but rather an objective history based on solid scholarship. Moreover, it will confound conventional wisdom by underscoring the common bonds between Irish Catholics and Protestants in Ireland and in the U.S., rather than just the differences that have sometimes divided them.

AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), 501(c) (3) nonprofit arts organization. Contributions in support of AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH are payable to IDA and are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Chris Moser &

George Kingsnorth

Co-Producers

The Team

Article header with background image and parallax effect

Chris Moser

(Project Director/Producer/Chief Scriptwriter) is CEO of Redwine Productions LLC.

An accomplished public television producer/writer/director and a former news writer for CNN-USA.

George J. Kingsnorth

(Co-producer/director) is Producer/Director/ Educationalist for Gullion Media Limited.


Began his career in television. Since 1984 he has been involved with over 200 productions.

John H. Felton

(Executive Producer with Commonwealth Public Broadcasting’s WCVE)


Will lend his expertise in script and production framework advisement throughout pre-production and through the entire project, and he will oversee distribution to PBS stations.

Dr. Katharine Brown

Research Director.


Is a former adjunct professor of history and art at Mary Baldwin University, former Director of Research and Collections at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, and author of a doctoral dissertation and numerous books and scholarly papers related to the Scotch-Irish.

1. THE PROJECT ... SO FAR

Long before the Great Famine, immigrants from the north of Ireland - mostly Presbyterians of Scots heritage - profoundly influenced American history, politics and culture. AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH, a one-hour documentary for public television, will explore the influence of the Scotch-Irish (a.k.a. Scots-Irish) on this country’s democratic traditions. The film is intended for broadcast on PBS and on public service television in Ireland and the U.K., with accompanying material formatted for digital media. An underwriting grant from your foundation, corporation, or individual philanthropic fund can help bring this long-overdue project to fruition.

RESEARCH

We have meticulously researched the content, and our consultants include several of the world’s most eminent scholars on the subject.

LEGACY

We will explore Scotch-Irish history objectively, guided by the principle that everyone can look back on their ancestral legacy – whatever it may be – with both pride and shame.

AUDIENCE

More than 25 million Americans with some Scotch-Irish heritage. A recent survey indicates that there are more than three-fourths of Americans who know of their Scotch-Irish heritage.

FUNDING

All funds are tax-deductible and will be donated to and disbursed to us by our fiscal sponsor, the non-profit International Documentary Association.

Objectives

2. PLANNING A DOCUMENTARY

IT’S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR
We are planning the project with certain important goals that will have particular appeal to some prospective donors. We will aim to:

(1) engender feelings of kinship on the part of vast numbers of Americans with the people of their ancestral Irish homeland;

(2) showcase Northern Ireland as a safe and attractive tourist destination; and

(3) underscore the common historical heritage of Irish Catholics and Protestants in Ulster and in the U.S. rather than just the differences that have divided them, thus contributing to the process of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Viewers will recognize funders of this program as having performed an admirable public service towards making this possible.

SPONSORS

We will acknowledge sponsors with “major funding” or “additional funding” credits. These credits will appear at the beginning and end of the broadcast program, in DVD/ download copies, on our website, and in publicity materials.

PRE-PRODUCTION

We have completed research and scripting with preproduction funding from humanities councils in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as Northern Ireland Screen and the Ulster-Scots Agency.

DISTRIBUTION

The film is intended for broadcast on PBS and on public service television in Ireland and the U.K., with accompanying material formatted for digital media. An underwriting grant from your foundation, corporation, or individual philanthropic fund can help bring this long-overdue project to fruition.

The Untold Story

What we do best


The mass migration of the Irish to America resulted from the Great Potato Famine is a familiar story.
But much less is known about another, earlier wave of immigration from Ireland that had a more profound influence on America.

  1. “SCOTCH-IRISH” - The people commonly referred to as the “Scotch- Irish” (the historic term, still preferred by the majority of those claiming the heritage) or “Scots- Irish” became one of the dominant European groups populating the American colonies. They are among the ancestors of probably most white Southerners and Westerners today.
  2. BUILDERS OF AMERICA - They produced builders of America North and South, including explorer Kit Carson, inventor Cyrus McCormick, and tycoon Thomas Mellon among many others. And their rebellious, rough-and-tumble spirit of democracy - deeply rooted in generational memory from Scotland and Ulster - has profoundly influenced this country’s history from its founding to the present day
  3. WHO WERE THEY? - "These people were overwhelmingly Presbyterian, dissenting Protestants opposed to the established Church of Ireland,” scholar Michael Montgomery notes. “The great majority of them were of Scottish ancestry and tradition (whose forebears had migrated from Scotland one to four generations earlier following establishment of the Plantation of Ulster under King James I in 1610) and settled in a crescent along the northeastern coast of Ireland.”
  4. HOSTILITIES - While there was some hostility between them and the Native Irish of Ulster, that conflict would be exaggerated in later centuries for partisan purposes. The two groups were essentially one people who had maintained close ties across the Irish Sea for centuries.

Story

3. THE CHARACTERS

HERE ARE SOME OF THE COLORFUL INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PERSONAL STORIES WILL HELP MAKE AMERICA’S OTHER IRISH COMPELLING TELEVISION . . .

PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER JAMES MCGREGOR FREED HIS FLOCK FROM “CRUEL BONDAGE.”

In 1718 McGregor led his entire congregation from Ulster to Boston. But New Englanders scorned the “dirty, uncouth Irish” immigrants and burned down their meetinghouse. The royal governor granted them land on a disputed border with New Hampshire, planting them in the crossfire of a bloody border war.

MARTHA BRATTON HELPED WIN A CRUCIAL BATTLE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.

Redcoat Captain Christian Huck’s legion swept down on Patriot Col. William Bratton’s South Carolina plantation, finding his family but not him. Mrs. Bratton refused to disclose her husband’s whereabouts. She coolly stood her ground as a Tory militiaman grabbed a reaping hook from a wall and threatened to behead her.

THOMAS LEDLIE BIRCH BARELY ESCAPED HANGING DURING THE UNITED IRISH REBELLION.

The firebrand Presbyterian minister was among some 100,000 Ulster immigrants to the United States between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Birch lost his ministry in Pennsylvania for passionately advocating Jeffersonian principles. Other clergy – fellow Scotch-Irish but Federalist -- condemned him as a “minister of the Devil.”

ANDREW JACKSON RODE A FIERCE POPULIST WAVE TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

The first Scotch-Irish U.S. President led a Democratic Party strengthened by Ulster immigrants such as Birch. But Jackson’s fealty to the common man extended only to whites. He was a slave-owner and perpetrator of draconian Indian removal policies, which were opposed by prominent Scotch-Irish politicians David Crockett and Sam Houston.

PITTSBURGH TYCOON THOMAS MELLON WAS NOTORIOUSLY CONTEMPTUOUS OF THE IRISH.

The immigrant from County Tyrone honored his Scottish heritage but considered the Catholic Irish savages. “Cromwell was the only ruler who understood their nature, and governed them accordingly,” he wrote. In the mid-19th century tensions between Famine Irish and those Scotch-Irish descendants joining in Mellon’s xenophobia followed political party lines.

SCOTCH-IRISH-DESCENDED ATLANTA MINISTER CAROLINE LEACH BELIEVES IN TURNING HER PRESBYTERIAN FAITH INTO ACTION.

Americans of Scotch-Irish descent today rather closely reflect the politics of white Americans in general. They range in their world view from conservative populist supporters of Donald Trump to progressives such as Presbyterian minister Caroline Leach of Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her career in the church, Rev. Leach was a tireless advocate for peace and against poverty. In retirement she is still an activist for social justice in a turbulent time.

Recommendations

5. CONSULTANTS

WHILE WE HAVE TURNED TO MANY SCHOLARLY AND OTHER RESOURCES IN OUR RESEARCH FOR THIS FILM, WE HAVE RELIED CHIEFLY ON WRITINGS OF AND INTERVIEWS WITH THE FOLLOWING SCHOLARS, WHO HAVE BEEN CONSULTANTS FOR THE PROJECT. A NUMBER OF THEM WILL BE COMMISSIONED TO CONTINUE CONSULTING DURING PRODUCTION.

  • DR. TYLER BLETHEN - Professor Emeritus of History at Western Carolina University and former director of its Mountain Heritage Center. Specialist in Appalachian and Scotch-Irish history.
  • DR. WARREN R. HOFSTRA - Stewart Bell Professor of History at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Specialist in history of the Shenandoah Valley. Author of The Great Valley Road of Virginia: Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present.
  • DR. PATRICK FITZGERALD - Lecturer and Development Officer of the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at Ulster- American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland. Co-author of Migration in Irish History, 1607- 2007.
  • DR. RAYMOND GILLESPIE - Senior Lecturer at St. Patrick’s College at the National Institute of Ireland in Maynooth. Leading authority on early modern Irish history.
  • DR. PATRICK GRIFFIN - Madden-Hennebry Professor of Notre Dame University. Author of The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764.
  • PETER GILMORE - Adjunct Lecturer in History at Carlow University. Authority on Scotch-Irish political, religious, and cultural identity, especially in Pennsylvania.
  • DR. KERBY MILLER - Curator’s Professor of History at the University of Missouri- Columbia. Co-author of book and PBS documentary film Out of Ireland. Lead writer and editor of Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan, Oxford University Press.

CONSULTANTS
Getting to the facts.

  • DR. RICHARD K. MACMASTER - Professor Emeritus of History affliated with the University of Florida. Former president of the Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America. Co-editor of the Journal of South. Scotch-Irish Studies.
  • DR. MICHAEL MONTGOMERY - Professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. Leading authority on the relationship of English in Ulster and the American South.
  • ALISTER MCREYNOLDS - Noted Northern Ireland historian, educator, authority on Scots-Irish / Ulster Scots history and culture. Author of works including Northern Ireland - The American Connection.
  • DR. RONALD A. WELLS - Professor Emeritus of History, Calvin College; Michigan Associate Director, Lee-Maryville Symposium on Faith and the Liberal Arts, Maryville College. Co-author of Ulster-America Religion, A History of a Cultural Connection. Contributor to Atlantic Crossroads: Historical Connections between Ulster and North America, by Patrick Fitzgerald, 2001.
  • DR. WILLIAM ROULSTON - Research Director at the Ulster Historical Foundation. Specialist in genealogical and heritage consultancy. Works include Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors.

Value For Funders

BACKGROUND

Mobirise

Research

Research shows 25 million Americans likely have some Scotch-Irish ancestry, and more than three-fourths of them consider that heritage important.

Mobirise

Sponsors

Thus there is a strong built-in audience for this program and its sponsors’ funding credits.
Sponsors will have funding credits on-air, in DVD and download forms and on the packaging of those products, and in our press kits, website, and all other promotion.

Mobirise

Public television

Public television underwriting is a powerful form of institutional promotion.
• Most PBS viewers have a household income of over $50,000.
• Most believe PBS underwriters are committed to quality and excellence.
• Most are more likely to purchase the product or service of a PBS underwriter. This is the branding potential of PBS.


IMAGES SELECTED HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FROM CREATIVE COMMONS SOURCES

Address

Redwine Productions LLC
6475 Rockland Road
Stonecrest GA
30038
USA


Contacts

Email:
chrismoser@bellsouth.net 
george_kingsnorth@yahoo.co.uk
                    
Phone: + (1) 770-482-1209