Meet the Crew

Writer, Executive Producer

Andrea M Clarke is a Storysmith, Producer, Creative Director and Revolutionary with a firm belief in everyone’s right to be free and live happily and in peace within their (healthy) communities without fear of reprisals or discrimination. Andrea has written and developed John Clarke’s story through years of research surrounding his legacy. She feels connected to John and his struggles with religious persecutions and overall Freedoms. As a descendant of John’s youngest brother Joseph, Andrea is passionately moved to bring his story to the world. Cherry Lane Creative, a production co.


Screenwriting Team

Brian Elias is a Storyteller and Creative Writer who has 20+ years experience and the natural ability to rock worlds and move hearts with artful, thought provoking storytelling. As a screenwriter his works are represented and optioned. Brian spent more than 10 years in ministry, including as an associate pastor of a church. This experience gives us Brian’s unique perspective into a man like John Clarke. Brian is completely fluid in John Clarke’s version of Old English giving the film’s dialogue accurate translations of John’s writings to modern day English.

Keith Elias (ex-NFL running back) is a Creative Writer and Story Developer. Keith is a Princeton University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in History. His focus was research giving him first hand knowledge of our film’s story. He’s holds a Masters in Screenwriting from Full Sail University and several screenplays under his belt with stories that uplift, entertain and impact lives. Keith is an International inspirational speaker and mentor for the NFL, various community groups and ministries.


Historical Advisors

Dean Harkness is a direct descendant of many of the earliest Rhode Island settlers including Joseph Clarke, Samuel Wilbore and Samuel Hubbard. He has published several Clarke family articles for 3 Ohio county history books and recently completed an 80 page book on the life of Dr. John Clarke. Dean holds a B.A. in Christian Education, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY. and M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH. Dean is providing us with “behind the scenes” reference materials to ensure accuracy on Dr. John Clarke and the times and educational pieces for the online Resource Library.


Communications

Rachel Young is one of our Brand Ambassadors. She is a creative force that manages Social Media and Communications Outreach for the film. Equally, she brainstorms methods on how to have more people learn about John Clarke, who he was, his accomplishments and options to support the film. Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree is Communications from University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign. She attended University of York in the UK to study Intercultural Relations (Major).


Illustrated Picture Book & Illustrated Chapter Book

Michael Dooling, renowned lllustrator & Author of Children’s Books has partnered with our film and production company 1663 Media Arts, LLC to create his lifelike, beautiful illustrations for both a Children’s Picture Book and Historical Chapter Book on the Life of Dr. John Clarke.

Well known for his dramatic and historically accurate illustrations, Michael Dooling is the illustrator of over sixty-five books and the author of five including Young Thomas Edison, that School Library Journal said, “Belongs in every library.” The Great Horseless Carriage Race and George Washington’s Army and Me, both written and illustrated by Michael, have been considered for major Hollywood Motion Pictures. Horn Book praised his work as “noteworthy—and handsome—examples of the illustrator as historian.”

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Michael has illustrated a commemorative stamp of Benjamin Franklin for The United States Postal Service, articles for Reader’s Digest, and picture books, chapter books, and Middle Grade Novels for numerous publishers including Scholastic, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, HarperCollins, Philomel, Puffin Books, McElderry Books, Henry Holt, Holiday House, Beechtree, Atheneum, Disney, and many others.

Michael graduated with a Master’s Degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and is a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York. He lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Jane. They have two daughters and five grandchildren, ranging in age from two to twelve. In 2013, Michael was selected to a Top Ten List of Great Author Visits by the Pennsylvania School Library Association. http://MichaelDooling.com