We began shooting the story of the second half of Francis Scott Key’s Life, F.S. Key after the Song. The Delaplaine
Foundation of Frederick, MD was so happy with the result of the first film, F.S. Key and the Song that Built America that
they enthusiastically supported the production of the second film to finish his story.
This documentary will shoot in the same style and technique used for F.S. Key and the Song that Built America. It
will be participatory with the filmmaker hosting and will also include interviews with leading scholars of our time.
The use of historical recreation and actors to portray the actual historical characters will also be expanded in this
film. Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key (Polly) played by actress Debora Hazlet will continue to tell Key’s story but we will also
include actor portrayals of, President Andrew Jackson, John Randolph from Roanoke, Roger B. Taney, Benjamin Tappan, and
even Frederick Douglas and a few of Key’s own slaves to tell his story. A frank discussion on Slavery will at one point
emerge allowing the characters feelings and beliefs to be told in their own words. The production will be shot in Maryland
and other locations around the country in 2015, with a national release in July of 2016.
We are suffering the effects of Slavery to this day and perhaps it is our penance but the path to full recovery for
our nation is education and understanding, and like castor oil it is a subject that is constantly avoided. As we mark
the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War perhaps looking back and reflecting on the period that preceded it
can help us better understand ourselves, and how we evolved into who we are today.
Update: We’ve completed filming in New Orleans, LA, Tuscaloosa, and Atmore, Ft. Mitchell, Alabama, Nashville, TN,
Starkville, MS, Washington, DC, Various locations in Virginia and Texas. 90% of the interviews are completed with our
historians and consultants. A few more interviews are planned for early summer then I can write the script for the