Janson Media today announced the release of the the three part historical documentary series The Lion and the Mouse: The Story of America and Bermuda (3 x 60′) to international Television, VOD, New Media, and Non-Theatric markets. A production of Afflare Films, Ltd., The Lion and the Mouse is the recipient of several awards including an “Audience Choice Award” from The 2009 Bermuda International Film Festival, the “Golden Reel Award” from The 2009 Nevada Film Festival and more.
Narrated by Michael Douglas (American and Bermudian) the film commemorates the 400 year birthday of Bermuda in 2009. On July 28th 1609 the Sea Venture flagship of the third supply, bound for Jamestown shipwrecked on the island beginning English settlement, only two years after the settlement of Jamestown in 1607. This early colonial event began a significant relationship between the two countries, which were bound by the early struggles to survive in colonial times through slavery, trade, and all of the wars that marked the last four centuries of American and British history.
The Lion and the Mouse is constructed in Seven Acts, each act is represented by a period dramatization, the main actors, repeat as different characters in every era as a creative device to give the film continuity and explore the idea of history as a continuum. The film is a mix of interviews with historians, descendants of historical figures and witnesses to history, extensive period dramatizations, battle recreations of the revolutionary war, the war of 1812, and the civil war, archival footage of the 20th century, animations, and contemporary footage. This dynamic mix of content, and pacing tells an epic story of a little known relationship between the tiny British Island, Bermuda, the mouse, and the continent of America, the Lion.
Afflare Films is dedicated to the art of record. We believe it is vitally important to document our living history and preserve it for future generations. We aim to record, educate, entertain, communicate history, business and culture to the public. One of the most effective ways to communicate, is to visually capture your message and your vision. This is the only way that reality and actuality can be witnessed and experienced again in its original and pure form. You are otherwise left with only meeting notes, reenactments or memories of what transpired. In business and in our personal lives there is always something to be captured and remembered.
Established in 1989, Janson Media is an independent content production and distribution company based in the United States, with a catalog of 1,500+ hours of exclusive programming available for licensing to worldwide television, VOD, DVD/video, non-theatric, and emerging new media markets. The company has licensed programming to virtually every country in the world, and its clients include nearly every major broadcaster or media company, as well as a wide range of DVD labels and distributors. The Janson Media Rights Portfolio is continually updated with new releases, and includes documentaries and children’s programming, music and performance, lifestyle, nature & wildlife, science, health, sport, travel, adventure, how-to, history, current affairs, dramas and features. The company’s home entertainment division boasts a growing catalog of quality titles released on DVD and in digital formats, ranging from children’s and family films to award-winning documentaries and educational programs in the categories of travel, health and exercise, cooking, spirituality, history, pop culture, art, music, how-to, and self-help.