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"Let It Begin Here", an all-new original film for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum attraction to open in June 2012, is nearing completion to begin screening at the Museum on opening day to a projected 400,000+ visitors annually! This new 10-minute film tells the true story of the first day of the American Revolution - April 19, 1775 and the events, people and action on Lexington green in Massachusetts. This film was produced, written and directed by Kevin R. Hershberger and shot by Cinematographer Stephen M. Lyons in July 2011 near Richmond, Virginia. The film was shot on RED and will screen in it's own new theater on a massive 28 foot X 8 foot screen! The LionHeart FilmWorks team brought together more than 50 re-enactors and actors from around the country to bring the events of 1775 to life in as accurate a portrayal as possible.

More updates, information and video clips will be posted to this website next spring and summer, so check back soon and spread the word!

*Paintings courtesy of Historical Art Prints


See some behind-the-scenes Videos from the Making of "Let It Begin Here"


See some photos from the Filming of "Let It Begin Here"

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LionHeart FilmWorks and Producer/Writer/Director Kevin R. Hershberger are currently in pre-production on a Museum Orientation film to screen at the new Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum attraction currently set to open in mid-2012.

This film will tell the story of the events and people of the morning of April 19, 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts and will be the showcase installation of this new Museum. The Museum and Director Kevin Hershberger will be paying special attention to the historical authenticity, look and feel portrayed on screen. The concentration of events in this 10-minute project to the events of early 1775 is allowing the Director to be able to focus on intimate details of the era and events from Lexington Green, so that it may be portrayed and illustrated with strict detail, perhaps for the first time with such detail and authenticity on screen. That is our mission.

This includes the hiring and showcasing of the best and most authentic 18th century re-enactors we can find.

The dates of the filming are set for July 8 - 12th, 2011 just west of Richmond, Virginia. The largest days for re-enactors for the scale scenes of the conflict on Lexington Green will be Saturday July 9th and Sunday July 10th. We are not just looking for re-enactors and actors who can work all five days, so don't worry about that. The focus for participation should be Friday July 8th... Saturday July 9th... Sunday July 10th where we need the most numbers. Monday July 11th and Tuesday July 12th will feature smaller, more intimate scenes with fewer participants. If you can work all five days, great! When you send us an e-mail with photos of your impression and contact information, please also include your availability during those dates.




A detailed and authentic Eastern Massachusetts civilian impression is requested to most accurately portray the 77 American Patriots that stood on Lexington Green. Even though we are filming in summer, the night of April 18th and early morning of the 19th would have been more than a little chilly. Wool garments are preferred, including coats and some greatcoats.

The men had just been waiting in Buckman’s Tavern before forming on the green, walking from their relatively nearby homes. No need for packs, rolls, canteens, etc. but early to mid 18th century Fowlers, Committee of Safety muskets, or any very early military muskets will work (trying to avoid 2nd Model Brown Bess'), powder horns, shot bags and cartridge boxes and belly boxes would be appropriate.



The focus on the "Redcoats" in this film presentation will concentrate on the Light Companies of the 4th and 10th Regiments as they appeared on the Lexington Green under Major Pitcairn. Therefore the filmmakers are looking to cast "British" Re-enactors who have impression that will most closely (or exactly) match these two regiments.

Ideal requirements: Coats of Madder wool, with either blue or yellow facings, cuffs and collars. white tape/lacing, Light Infantry caps, white small clothes and breeches with black short leggings. The ideal is to also have the correct matching 1771 Pattern British Light Infantry Waistcoat if at all possible. If you can even come close to having most of what is being asked for in this impression (a "basic" British Infantry or Light kit) the film's costumer will be able to supply coats and L.I. Caps as necessary, but our supply could be exhausted quickly, so having near the correct impression is the ideal. Of course, note your impression details with your e-mailed casting submission.



We are currently casting for PAID on-camera background and featured-background roles, along with a handful of speaking roles - Very special emphasis on casting and hiring Living Historians / Re-enactors for most if not all of these roles. The Producer/Writer/Director Kevin R. Hershberger has been a re-enactor for 25+ years, and the production crew is made up of re-enactors, former re-enactors and/or those very experienced with working with re-enactors on scores of past projects. We get it, and we'll take care of our fellow re-enactors... not take advantage of you. None of us are from "Hollywood," and that's for a good reason.

Right now, submissions for acting roles by 18th century Living Historians will be given priority (those with their own costumes / uniforms appropriate for the scenario taking place in our film). Other actors, local to the Richmond, Virginia area will be considered if they meet the "authentic look" required to portray Americans and Britons of 1775 - for instance, longer hair, clean shaven, thin build and thin face, "english" features, etc.

To get involved in the filming as an actor of extra, please e-mail a photo(s) of your "April 1775" Impression, all contact information and availability to:

(please no phone calls, e-mail is best) - we will contact you if we think you'd be a good match for our project. Thanks for your interest and spread the word.

In the early hours of April 19, 1775, Capt. John Parker was alerted to mobilize the Lexington Company of the Middlesex County Brigade, Massachusetts Militia, in anticipation of a British 700-man force that was marching to Concord to capture provincial arms. By 2 a.m. Parker had mustered his company on the Lexington Green. The Lexington Company of militia was typical of the period. The youngest militiaman was 18, the oldest 63; eight fathers and sons served together. Most were farmers, while some were veterans of the French and Indian War. Just after sunrise Parker and his 77 militiamen stood in defiance of the British advance guard. "Stand your ground," Parker ordered. "Don't fire unless fired upon. But, if they want to have a war, let it begin here." Maj. John Pitcairn, commander of the British advance guard, ordered the militiamen to lay down their arms. Realizing that his company was outnumbered, Parker ordered his men to disperse. As the militiamen began to break ranks, a British officer fired his pistol. Without orders, the British troops opened fire. Although greatly outnumbered, the militiamen returned the fire. The battle went on for several minutes, all around the Green. When it was over, eight Americans lay dead and nine were wounded. The British quickly resumed their march. Later that morning, Capt. Parker reorganized his unit and marched to Concord. The Lexington Company would later fight in the Battle of Bunker Hill and form a company for service in the Continental Army. However, few of its members on that fateful April morning realized that the Battle of Lexington would lead to the Revolutionary War and American independence. The Lexington Company and the Middlesex County Brigade are perpetuated by the 181st and 182nd Infantry Regiments, Massachusetts Army National Guard.


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