Octavarius and CNGM Pictures Launch 'I Made America' Project
Octavarius, a Chicago comedy company, and CNGM Pictures, a Chicago independent film organization, partner for transmedia project "I Made America," launching on January 18, 2012.
"I Made America" uses many media platforms--from weekly webisodes and social media to street performances and local bar sightings--to tell one story. Six Founding Fathers of the United States of America were kidnapped from the 18th Century and brought to 2012 to be used as props in the upcoming election. Upon discovering that these statesmen hold drastically different political views than any modern day candidate, their kidnappers cut off all ties, leaving them stranded in present day Chicago.
Former celebrities George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison struggle to make money, find love and regain their dignity. The journey takes many shapes: watch a weekly episode of the Founding Fathers' web series, listen to a song written by Thomas Jefferson, have a conversation with Benjamin Franklin on Facebook or Twitter, get matched with George Washington on dating website OkCupid, read a love poem Alexander Hamilton wrote on Craigslist's Missed Connections, attend a John Adams political campaign rally and run into all of the men hanging out at a neighborhood bar.
"'I Made America' mirrors the way we tell our own stories in 2012, which makes the project infinitely more fun, especially because when you're interacting with the Founding Fathers, you become a character in their reality," says "I Made America" Creator/Executive Producer and Octavarius member Marc Muszynski.
CNGM Pictures' Executive Director Michael P. Noens says, "Marrying our film production experience with Octavarius' talent for live shows and social media is creating an innovative way to tell a story."
For more information on "I Made America" or to follow the "revolutionary" journey, visit IMadeAmerica.com.