Award winner Ron Parker to co-write episodes for miniseries ‘Nation’ with Lamar Card
Barcelona – Feb 02/17 – Lamar Card, head of Card International has announced the award winning writer Ron Parker is cowriting the miniseries Nation – an insight into America’s infamous two hundred and fifty year old relationship with its “first nation people.” The miniseries is based on the best seller by John Ehle, “Trail of Tears.”
“Exhaustive doesn’t begin to describe the intensity and scale of this phenomenal drama,” Card said in an interview. Card International’s first twelve episode miniseries, NATIONS which covers Americas the post-revolutionary years of 1780 to 1845, a chapter of American history ending in what is known as the “Trail of Tears.”
“It has been difficult and vast,” Card commented “but it is a thrill to be finally at the stage of script completion on the first of our four miniseries. This enormous drama reveals a story of ethnic cleansing of which few are aware in America’s history.”
Card, the filmmaker, with offices in Barcelona and Los Angeles, is responsible for the French-Canadian miniseries, Les Sang des Autres (Blood of Others) starring Jodie Foster, among other international co-productions.
According to Card, NATION dramatizes the political conflict and Indian wars that build up to America’s Indian Removal Act and the violent forced removal of the ‘five civilized tribes’ from their native homelands in the Southeast of America by Andrew Jackson, General of the Armies. The period spans Jackson ́s adult life from 1810 to The Battle of New Orleans in 1814, and then President from 1829 to 1837. “The planning of the removal and destruction of the culture of America’s ‘first nation’ people actually began with Thomas Jefferson,” Card said.
“Jefferson’s position was a deadly reversal of the policies of assimilation of, and solemn promises to, the Native Americans by Washington and Adams. Jefferson was the beginning of the end for the Cherokee and many tribes.” “Unknown to most,” Card said, “it was a true reign of terror that Jackson unleashed against the tribes, a virtual orgy of blood and destruction during the Jackson military and presidential years”. The irony is that the Cherokee, the Lower Creek, the Chickasaw and other tribes actually spilled their blood in support of Jackson’s military campaigns from Alabama to Florida and even at New Orleans against the British. NATION is the real largely untold story of Jackson as an Indian land speculator, slave-trader an unstoppable military force and as President. Andrew Jackson’s calculated deception of the tribes rose to a scale of horror unimaginable… at least until the world sees NATION.
Relying on solemn oaths and treaties the ‘five civilized tribes’ were pushed into an impossible political corner by Andrew Jackson from which they discovered too late there was no way out. To the Cherokee’s horror, after spilling blood at Jackson’s side and giving all based on Jackson’s promises in support of his military campaigns, the tribes realized they had actually played the crucial role in giving him the power, the key to their own destruction. The tribes ́ alliances were crucial to Jackson ́s rise to power and the victories that gave him the very power to renege on all promises and treaties; the power they handed him became the power he used to destroy them.
“The scale of political intrigue, drama, human conflict and historical intricacy that makes up this story is so great, completing the episodic scripts for the first of the NATION miniseries almost feels like a military victory,” Card noted. “But this miniseries is just the first. “America’s schizophrenic relationship with its ‘first nation’ people carries on through the episodes of our next four miniseries to the present day. We create two amazing fictional characters those descendants are the thread that allows us to carry this epic tale to the present day in the three sequel miniseries.”
Card International, with offices in Barcelona, Miami and Los Angeles and a background in international coproduction, is in discussions at EFM with potential co-producers and distributors and media platforms seeking early rights in the return for support of the next phase of packaging.
According to Card, “the first NATION miniseries is not just grand scale historical drama. This will be nothing less than ‘television’ history,” he remarked.