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Busy Month of Speaking Engagements for Robert Child

Robert Child speaking at the Lotos Club, NYC
Robert Child Speaking at the Lotos Club, NYC

As an author and filmmaker, I love speaking with folks about my work. This Black History Month I'm blessed to have several speaking engagements coming up that I want to alert you to. Below is a quick list with links.

UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Black History Month


February 11, 2021 12:30P PST / 3:30P EST  Santa Clara Rotary Club Type: Zoom Presentation 

February 16, 2021 11:00A PST / 2:00P EST  Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose Type: Intv. Podcast

February 19, 2021 4:00P PST / 7:00P EST  Afr. Am. Museum Bucks Cty. Type Online Film Screening, Serving for Justice with Q & A. *Ticketed Fundraising Event.


Rotary Club of Santa Clara, CA February 11th 3:30P EST


I am looking forward to speaking with the members of this very active and distinguished Rotary Club in California's Silicon Valley. I will be giving a presentation on my book, The Lost Eleven, and how it was inspired by my film, The Wereth Eleven.


Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose February 16th 2P EST


I will also be a guest on Brad Szollose's Awakened Nation Podcast, which is now in its fourth season on Apple Podcasts. I will be speaking with Brad about my recent film, Serving for Justice as well as my past creative works. Brad has welcomed many distinguished guests, and I am honored to be part of that roster.


More About Awakened Nation:

Regular People. Extraordinary Conversations.


A huge shift is taking place on planet earth; people seem to be waking up…tired of the way things used to be, they are creating something brand new and changing the world we live in.


On Awakened Nation®, award-winning author and serial entrepreneur Brad Szollose interviews the next generation of idea makers, disruptors, and the game-changers. You’ll hear from bestselling authors, professional athletes, activists, business professionals, rock stars, healers, and others, who will share stories and the truths that will open your eyes. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/awakenednation/support


African American Museum of Bucks County Film Screening February 19th 7P EST


I am honored to be part of a benefit event to support the African American Museum of Bucks County with an online film screening of Serving for Justice about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion in WWII. The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America’s ideals. Following the 50-minute film, I will discuss the making of the documentary, answer any questions from the audience and introduce the film’s producer, Arthur Collins Jr.





Sunday
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MLK Day Announcement - Online Film Screening and Discussion Feb 19th


Join Emmy-nominated Director, Robert Child for a screening of "Serving For Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battallion."

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK


About this Event

Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. The new documentary tells the story of a unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. "Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion" is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.

The film's award-winning director and writer, Robert Child, has produced nine U.S. military history films - all of which focus on the untold stories of heroism by soldiers who have never been recognized in American History, and in many cases, by the United States Government. This film was created by Robert Child and produced by Ebony Doughboys Productions, Inc., to honor these men at a special ceremony which was scheduled to be held in 2020, honoring the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. While the pandemic forced the physical ceremonies to be cancelled, the film was still produced and has premiered to 5-star reviews in November, 2020.

Following the 50-minute film, Child will discuss the making of the documentary, answer any questions from the audience and introduce the film's producer, Arthur Collins Jr. Collins leads a local nonprofit organization called the 5th Platoon, a group of military historians/re-enactors who are passionate in the pursuit and the preservation of WW2 African American military history. The 5th Platoon re-enactors are based in close proximity to Bucks County, in NJ, and have re-enacted many battles at events and in films to honor those brave African American soldiers who fought in WWII.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK

Monday
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Distinguished Historian Review on Serving for Justice

The reviews have started to come in from distinguished military historians and others on Serving for Justice. The film continues to receive rave reviews on Amazon as well. As of this writing there are thirty (30) 5-star reviews on the title on Amazon Prime.


I wanted to share one of the distinguished historian reviews we have received. It is from US Army Colonel (Ret.) Robert Scherer Historian of the 12th Armored Division Association. We are honored he has shared his thoughts and kind words with us on the film. His review is below.


"Serving for Justice tells a story that needs to be told, and it is told well. The research that went into producing this film and the skill with which it was done are laudable. The initial ten minutes provides an excellent, albeit short history of the black experience up to WWII. I hope the producers will devote an entire movie to that experience in the future. The history of the men who enlisted or were inducted, trained, deployed, and fought in the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is an American story that could be told of any of the 16 million personnel who wore our uniform in WWII. The fact that these men and others like them who happened to be African-American operated under a continual cloud of racism and yet performed just like any other American Soldier, some very good and some not as good, is what is remarkable. As the colloquialism says, they went into the fight with one hand tied behind their backs. The key part is they went into the fight! The producers have done an amazing job telling the story of the unit up to and including its participation in the Battle of the Bulge and the war crimes committed on the men we now know as the Wereth Eleven. The end story of the ultimate acknowledgement of the crime and the memorial erected and dedicated in their honor and memory is critical to our history. I highly recommend this film. It is historically accurate to my knowledge and very well done."


Robert W. Scherer
COL (Retired), US Army

Historian, 12th Armored Division Association
Board Member 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum


Gettysburg film Secures Deal with Janson Media


I am pleased to announce today that Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion has secured a new global distribution deal with Janson Media and has debuted on Amazon Prime.


The 1-hour docudrama which I wrote and directed for the 150th battle anniversary in partnership with the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee features breathtaking, epic battle sequences from the largest Civil War battle reenactment ever staged –the 150th Gettysburg.


The event was a monumental undertaking and our cameras were there to capture the entire spectacle. We had camera people embedded in period uniform within both the Union and Confederate ranks. The viewer is transported back to 1863 within exclusive battle footage, which cannot be seen anywhere else.


The film’s storyline centers on Lincoln and the trials and tribulations he endured throughout the conflict and the war. Lincoln was frustrated that Union forces did not put away the Confederate Army when they had them on the ropes. He said, “We only had to close our fingers and the war would be over.”


The film features on screen commentary by Civil War theatrical director and friend, Ronald F, Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) who also narrated my Lincoln and Lee at Antietam film. Also appearing throughout is foremost Lincoln scholar, Allen Guelzo, who is the Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College and author of numerous books on the Civil War including Gettysburg: The Last Invasion winner of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History.


Gettysburg: The Final Measure of Devotion is a captivating production that we are proud to have in global distribution with Janson Media. Check it out when you have the opportunity.


The Reviews Are In Serving for Justice is a Winner on Prime Video


Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion 

Our latest WWII film has only been in release a week and has received over 15, 5 Star Reviews on Prime Video.


The Story:

Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. This documentary tells of a combat unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Here is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.

Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was produced by Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child.

"Serving for Justice is about the history of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. It covers a wide swath of black history from the early Jim Crow laws and how the African American experience unfolded in America and how it shaped the men who would go on to fight in World War II," said Director Robert Child.
"Originally produced for the American Embassy in Belgium, this project has grown from that original mission. To say it is timely would be quite an understatement but it goes to show that racial inequality has been with us a long while and has not been addressed properly. Perhaps now more voices are speaking up and positive change will come about. Time will tell. I am pleased, however that the work I have done in this area has continued to be noticed."

The film was produced by Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, the group is the offshoot of other African American re-enactors who for many years educated and enlightened the public on the involvement of African Americans in World War I. Today, the group forms an overarching structure for African American reenactors who hail from the east coast, the mid-west and the southern United States.

Ebony Doughboys statement:

"As a basis of our historical interpretation, we engage in the extensive research of the role of African Americans during this period by studying and reading personal accounts, archived sources, photographs and other source material. We examine photographs and original garments, accoutrements and weapons to gain a thorough understanding of the original Ebony Doughboys. We strive to reach a consistent, high level of authenticity in our appearance, realizing that as our knowledge grows, our standards for authenticity will also evolve. Members are expected to present themselves to the public with military deportment, an open-mindedness for learning, and a commitment to educating, dispelling myths, and building bridges of understanding."

New Subscriber Audible Giveaway - Grab a Free Audiobook

Everyone loves "free" and through the remainder of the year I am giving away my recent release, Ghost Carrier, on Audible audiobook to new subscribers to my Pipeline Newsletter. The giveaway starts today and ends on the last day of this year.

Just subscribe on the right column of this website or in the pop-up form by inputting your email and within 1 (one) hour we'll send you your Audible code to use at check out. 


About Ghost Carrier:

Frank Rusk hasn’t been sleeping well lately. He’s approaching his milestone 70th birthday. Each night for the past two weeks indescribable scenes of horror have awakened him. He is on an exploding ship in WWII, which is sinking fast. Men are burning alive all around him. He hears sailors cry out, “A Japanese torpedo hit the bomb bay! We are all going to die!” 

In these nightmarish visions Frank realizes he is not a spectator watching but a sailor living them. Everywhere he turns he sees buddies he knows taking their last breaths. Frank decides this horrifying scene must be what his father Joe Rusk experienced in his last moments alive before perishing on an aircraft carrier in November 1943. The sinking occurred just two months after Frank was born. 

At his 70th birthday party before blowing the candles out on his cake Frank makes a wish he has kept secret his entire life; an impossible wish that defies time and the laws of the Universe. Frank yearns to rewrite history and have his Dad in his life. As Frank blows out the candles his father Joe's face materializes in the flames. Joe Rusk looks terrified and screams to Frank for help. 

Unbeknown to Frank his father did not die in 1943 but entered a parallel dimension when his ship sank. Joe Rusk and the crew of the carrier are trapped in time on a parallel earth fighting a far superior Japanese naval force and America is losing the war. Outnumbered and out gunned the crew’s only hope is the unbroken soul connection Joe and Frank share. But will the father and son bond be strong enough to bring the doomed crew home?


Friday
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Serving for Justice Debuts this Friday Nov. 6th on Amazon Prime

 

I've gotten word from the producers that Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is scheduled to debut on Amazon Prime this coming Friday.

Synopsis:

Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. The new documentary tells a unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals. 

 

 I hope you can check out the new film, which will debut on Amazon Prime this Friday November 6th.

Serving for Justice Releasing in November

Serving for Justice Cover
Just wrapped another project about African American soldiers I am very proud of. I was asked by Art Collins and Steve Jones of The Ebony Doughboys and the 5th Platoon reenacting unit to write and direct, Serving for Justice. 

Synopsis: Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. The new documentary tells a unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America’s ideals.  

 I hope you can check out the new film, which should be available on all the major streaming platforms in November. I will add a link to this post and on the website when it becomes available.

Father Damien of Molokai is a character in Ghost Carrier

To my surprise this morning I read some news online about Saint Damien, Father Damien of Molokai. I'll spare you the ignorant, derogatory political comment made about this Catholic Saint and instead direct you to read about him in my book Ghost Carrier.

When I wrote the book I was very moved by Father Damien's work and life story in the leper colony in Hawaii. Part of the reason I made him a main character was to bring attention to him and his self-sacrificing (literally) work with the lepers of Molokai.

He was an outstanding servant to humanity and his work should be celebrated as an example of the goodness in men and women. Damien is similar to Mother Teresa and her work with the less fortunate in India and around the world. 

Using a racial slur against Saint Damien is no different then if one used it against Saint Mother Teresa, which is beyond the pale. 

The only positive I can see from this is Father Damien's work becoming better known and held up as an example of love for one's fellow man. Perhaps in an odd way a fool's hateful comment meant to destroy may instead only strengthen Damien's legacy. Time will tell but what is certain is Saint Damien's name will live on for centuries while his vile detractor will not even merit a footnote in history

Ghost Carrier is available in ebook, paperback and audiobook at major online retailers.
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