Witnessing History

Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West

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In the first documentary to explore life of Daniel Boone, Witnessing History breaks new ground to tell the story of the famed frontiersman from his birth near Reading, Pennsylvania in 1734, through his years in Kentucky and to his death in St. Charles County, Missouri in 1820 in its magnificent two-hour production.

Complete with an original score by composer Clark D. Cranfill of Icecap Music, Daniel Boone is the culmination of countless hours of research, script-writing, image acquisition and extensive filming of action scenes.  Notable Boone scholars were enlisted at each stage of the production to ensure accuracy, a vast number of Boone documents, portraiture and imagery were collected, and at least thirty manuscript repositories and art collections were utilized to illustrate the production.

Action scenes of Boone’s early explorations of Kentucky, his first attempt at settlement, the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals, the opening of the Wilderness Road, the Revolutionary War in Kentucky and the Ohio Valley (including the sieges of Boonesboro, Harrodsburg, Logan’s Fort, Ruddle’s Station and Bryan’s Station and the disastrous Battle of Blue Licks), and Boone’s later life as a surveyor, tavern keeper and even a legislator in Virginia were filmed using more than 100 actors and actresses, including Scott New, who portrays Daniel Boone. The production is studded with magnificent scenes filmed in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, as Boone would have seen them, the traces, caves, springs, rivers, creeks, hills, and even dwellings, churches and churchyards.


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