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In the midst of a prolonged and deadly American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln
appoints a very different kind of general, Ulysses S. Grant, Chief of Union Forces.
Grant acts decisively. He brings total war to the pristine Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the South.
The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute volunteers to send the Corps of Cadets to protect the valley.
274 young cadets march northward toward the strategic valley choke-point of New Market.
On the day of battle, Confederate General John C. Breckenridge, former Vice President of the United States, and
commander of southern forces in Valley, is faced with a horrible decision. When Southern forces are jeopardized,
he orders the young cadets into battle.
Sean Patrick McNamara is an Irish-American writer, director and producer of the break out hit Soul Surfer. La Vida Robot, The Moon and the Sun, Raise Your Voice, Hoovey, Field of Lost Shoes and many more Feature Films and Television shows have been Helmed and produced by Sean.
He grew up in Burbank California half a block from Walt Disney Studios where he delivered the news paper there every afternoon on his bike for 3 years.
He’s the youngest of six kids, and always lived with grandparents, great Aunts, dogs, birds and fish.
When he was twelve, Sean’s family took a vacation to Ireland. Perhaps knowing what a magical Journey of transcontinental flight would be like for a child, Sean’s father, Michael McNamara, bought him a super-8 camera at the Shannon Airport. Enthralled, he loaded it as the plane taxied down the runway and captured the first of what would be hundreds of films, television and movies with his love of story telling through a lens.
He went on to Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara University’s to study Film, Television and Theatre Arts.
His first job was for Academy Award director Marty Pasetta during college plugging in microphones for President Reagan’s Inauguration and has never stopped since.
In 1997 Sean co-founded Brookwell McNamara Entertainment with business partner David Brookwell. Together they have produced feature films for Sony, NewLine Cinema, Focus Features, Lionsgate Films to name a few. Their Television includes series and hundreds of episodes for The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and The “N” to name a few more. He has won a BAFTA, is a 5 time Emmy Award nominated Producer and 4 time Directors Guild of America Award nominee. Soul Surfer received many awards and a Cinema Score A+.
Sean is known as an “Actors Director.” Working with stars who range from Academy Award winners such as Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino and Nominees like James Woods.
Major movie stars such as Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt to the new generation including Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba.
Also Sean collaborates with the best writing talent including Academy Award winner Ron Bass.
Sean lives in Playa Del Rey, California with his loving family which include three amazing boys, dogs, fish and he just finished working on his 10 year olds first movie. He plugged in microphones and continues to hold the camera on this magical journey of story telling.