The Producers are seeking active and alumni Pershing Riflemen, Angels and BlackJacks who would like to appear in the feature documentary film, the Pershing Project (working title). The film is scheduled to begin production in July 2016 and is scheduled for release in October 2017 with distribution in 2018 in conjunction with the World War I Centennial.
The Pershing Project, LLC is leading this effort with the support of the Pershing Rifles Foundation and the Pacific Film Foundation (the production company). The World War I Centennial Commission is an honored partner with the Pershing Project documentary film.
If you would like to personally apply and audition, here are the criteria for selection:
1. You must be an active Pershing Rifleman, Angel or Blackjack. You must be an active member, in good standing with your organization. If an alumnus, you must be an active (dues paying) member of the Alumni Association. Please be advised that applicants under the age of 18 will require written permission from a parent or guardian. Applicants for students under 13 years of age will not be accepted.
2. You must be available. You must be available to travel in the summer and fall of 2016. The producers understand that academic and R.O.T.C. requirements may limit availability, however interested persons should be able to commit up to a week of their time for filming. All travel expenses, to include airfare, lodging and meals will be covered by the Pershing Project, LLC. During the application process you will be asked to provide your availability.
3. You must provide a video answering one of three questions. You must record a three-minute (maximum length) video of yourself, with sound, saying why you would qualify, including short, specific answers to at least ONE of the following thematic questions.
A. What are your thoughts about General Pershing's comment to a man whose racist comments interrupted the class he was teaching at the Laclede Negro School? "President Lincoln has seen to it that Negroes have a right to an education." How is General Pershing's statement relevant today?
B. Historians now recognize that the Mexican Punitive Expedition was the first example of mechanized international warfare. Why was General Pershing’s use of technology an important and visionary innovation?
C. General Pershing successfully stood firm against the demands of the World War I allied leaders by insisting that American troops would be led by American officers. What is the lasting importance of General Pershing insisting that Americans fight together under American officers?
Please note that all videos submitted become the property of The Pershing Project, LLC; none of the videos will ever be published in any form whatsoever; all participants will be notified via email; finalists will be contacted via phone call; the decisions of the director and creative team as to which applicants are selected to appear in the film are final; all persons who appear in the film will sign a personal release; personal and travel expenses as necessary to participate in the project will be provided by the the Pershing Project LLC; no person or persons appearing will be compensated for their appearance; an appropriate film credit and certificate of participation will be issued to all persons appearing in the film who have signed a personal release.
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