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This fine steam locomotive was the last orderd by the Union Pacific Railroad. They had 45 of them, built by the American Locomotive Company in New York. The engine was lovingly restored by volunteers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, during the 1960s and 1970s. It will be seen in the movie taking troops off to World War II, Christmas of 1942. This scene to be shot at Denver's Union Station.


Movie Details and Financial Information

The Mission Statement:
The primary purpose of the production is to teach history while entertaining audiences.

Movie Summary: Watch the Video.
The histories of our most popular Christmas songs and hymns are a major aspect of the production. We will not only hear the stories surrounding the creation of this music, but also experience what the atmosphere in the country was like when the songs hit, so the youth of today will learn what it was like when we got a new Christmas song under a wide array of conditions. The series will range from the Roaring Twenties through the Depression, World War II, and the jubilation after the war in the late 1940s.

Once the American Festival of Christmas series is completed, we plan to make another series depicting much earlier history. This one will cover the time from the birth of Jesus to 1929. In this production we will see how Christianity flowed up through Europe over the centuries. This is also very interesting and a great teacher of the many aspects of history. This series has yet to be named, however, a huge volume of research has already been completed. Many locations in the Holy Land and Europe have been analyzed for inclusion. In addition, at least 20 cities and towns in the eastern United States will be richly represented.

Writer Dave Brandl: Watch the Video.
Dave has written stage plays since 1988. Twenty of his stage scripts have been published and produced across the U.S., U.K., and Canada. He has also written screenplays and books.

Production Style:
The film will be live action interspersed with historic pictures and movies. Scenes will be recreated with antique props and actors in period dress. The production will be shot in High Definition 3D. This new technology has only for a few years. Most of the major studios are adopting it; hundreds of theaters are now being converted to show everything in digital 3D.

The 3D cameras from Pace Engineering will be employed for capturing our magical scenes. These cameras were developed over a course of many years. Academy award winning Writer/Director James Cameron provided much of the funding for the camera development project. Pace is by far the best in the world with this technology.

Props and Locations

This Standard Gauge layout will be used in the Santa’s workshop scene of 1933. This one is the largest in existence. It is conveniently located in Denver. Click here to see Standard Gauge Electric Train Layout video

The Daylight train will be seen taking us home for Christmas during the 40s. It is based in Portland, Oregon. Doyle McCormack is the engineer.

A beautifully restored club car on the Railroad will play host to a big party on December 9, 1933. That is when Haven Gillespie was on his way back to Cincinnati from New York after seeing what it was like to have the largest selling song in American history, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

Financial Arrangements: The film will be made by two corporations. The non-profit is called "The American Christmas Archive, LTD." The for-profit corporation is called "The American Festival of Christmas." This procedure is allowed under new IRS regulations. We must provide transaction records between the two entities.

The Funding Plan
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As you can imagine, this production will be expensive. We have several large American companies in mind to provide major capital. However, both of them have been caught up in movie projects in the past that have not worked out.

In order to gain approval from these huge sources of revenue, we must show them that we are actually getting ready to shoot the first scenes. Having all of the locations, props and actors ready to go is an essential. Due to the fact that all of the first segment of the show will be shot in Denver, this is very possible.

At this time, we only need money to keep the pre production process moving along. This has become an emergency situation lately as so many sources have dried up. We are seeking just a few dollars from a lot of folks, in order to make sure that this new Christmas classic is saved. This involves supporting several developmental categories.

1. Saving and categorizing American Christian history
2. Duplicating and archiving all types of historical material
3. Gather props and costumes
4. Pay two or three people to do this work
5. Buy additional computer and recording equipment
6. Pay for the maintenance of a production office

The main object of this effort is to save our Christmas heritage for future generations.

This website is set up to accept contributions through PayPal in order to make it easier for everyone. Five dollars is good. We are happy with that.

We are also seeking investors for the project. Folks who choose to have this level of faith in us will have their initial investment returned as soon as the movie hits the screen. Percentages of profit will be paid as revenue is received.

If you have a used Suburban that you would like to donate for a tax deduction, we sure could use one. The present one has 240,000 miles on it. The previous Suburban made it to 542,000 miles. This entire 35 year project has been built with great American trucks. The American Christmas Archive is a 501(c)(3) and can be used for a tax deduction.

Please send an Email to Tom Carlisle for more details.

Thank you very much

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