Sunday, July 31, 2016

UPDATE: a new documentary film tribute to Bill Kelso

Bill Kelso has been the singular inspirational driving force behind Jamestown Rediscovery, the renowned archaeological dig that has restored Jamestown to historical prominence. He has been uncovering our nation's origins.

We offer a unique opportunity to help create a tribute to his accomplishments and enhance his legacy with the production of a new documentary film that will focus on his persona, dedication, motivation and humanity. It will be made by acclaimed filmmaker Dale Schierholt.
To launch its production, we ask individuals and others to contribute critical seed funding of $12,000. Your contribution would be essential.
According to Dr. James Horn, President of the Foundation, “This is a most exciting project and has our full support. Bill Kelso is one of the foremost US archaeologists of his generation and it is fitting that your work will bring his remarkable story to a broad audience.”
Filmmaker Dale Schierholt is known for his intimate, conversational portraits of compelling personalities, many of them renowned visual artists. This Kelso film expands the filmmaker’s work and presents him with an opportunity to tell the story of a highly creative individual whose work is not rooted in the visual arts. As with all Schierholt's films, the primary criteria for selecting a subject is the compelling persona of an individual and their work.
This film being made for historical record and educational purposes. It will be exhibited at Historic Jamestown and offered by DVD release; we also will seek its showing on public television. It will also be made available to Jamestowne Society companies, other lineage societies and similar organizations. You can learn more at our website.
We welcome donations of any amount and hope that all donors will encourage like-minded friends and associates to similarly contribute. Donors of $500 or more to this initial stage funding will be recognized as Founding Funders and will receive the following:
A special listing in the film’s credits signifying their involvement as a Founding Funder.
A monthly email from the director updating them on the film’s progress and upcoming milestones, throughout the film’s production.
An advanced online screening of the short teaser film before it is released to the public as well as a digital download of the short.
Invitation to the premier screening of the film, where they will be recognized.
DVD of the film after it is released.
Time is of the essence to enable production to begin this spring and help assure completion by yearend. 
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for individuals and others that support the aims and objectives of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. It will further and help burnish Bill Kelso’s legacy.
Please make checks payable to The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation; please note “Kelso Film” on the check memo and send to:
Jamestown Rediscovery
Historic Jamestowne
1365 Colonial Parkway
Jamestowne, VA 23081

For more information about the film’s director, go to; or phone 609-462-8827;
To get a prospectus with more details and for more information about the production schedule and details and benefits of becoming a supporter, contact the producer: Jim McCall at or 
phone 858-755-3535

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