‘America’s Braveheart’ Honored With Award, Movie Contract

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Pvt. Soldier and Hercules of the Revolution Peter Francisco and his direct descendant Travis Bowman honored with Aurora Award and Full-Length Feature Film Contract.

The Peter Francisco Story: 10 Things You Never Knew About One of Our Nation’s Founding Fathers, the first-ever produced documentary about Peter Francisco, a Portuguese-born patriot of the American Revolution, was recently honored with a prestigious “Platinum Best of Show” Aurora Award. The documentary uncovers the previously untold mysterious story of this giant from the Revolution and reveals important historical sites from the Revolutionary War. Travis Bowman, sixth generation descendant of Peter Francisco, interviews historians, professors, descendants and other experts of this American hero. Bowman’s documentary has aired on PBS stations across the country and is also available on DVD. “It was an honor to receive the Platinum Aurora Award after working on this documentary for close to a year,” Bowman says. “But, the award really belongs to Peter himself.”

The Story of ‘America’s Braveheart’ on the Big Screen
Travis Bowman recently signed with a film company out of Los Angeles to write a screenplay and produce a full-length feature film based on his novel Hercules of the Revolution, first published in 2009, about his Revolutionary War ancestor. The novel opens with Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me Liberty or give me death” speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond then takes readers from Peter’s early life in the Azores through the time he spent fighting for America’s independence. Robert Whitlow, bestselling fiction author and film producer, says, “Peter Francisco’s story is not just another legend from the battlefields of the Revolution. This truly is the American Braveheart story.”

Peter Francisco – Hercules of the Revolution
Peter Francisco was called the “Hercules of the Revolution” because of his enormous size, massive strength, and unbelievable bravery. Born in the Azore Islands, Peter was kidnapped and abandoned by pirates when he was five years old, then bought as a slave. He won his personal freedom and, ultimately, that of a nation, by enlisting and serving in the Continental Army. George Washington had a six-foot broadsword made for him and even made the claim that we would have likely lost the whole Revolutionary War without Peter Francisco. His legacy continues today with five monuments that stand in his honor and a US bicentennial stamp that enshrined him in 1976, in addition to the three states that observe Peter Francisco Day. Peter Francisco would have celebrated his 251st birthday on July 9th.

About Travis Bowman
Sixth generation descendant, Travis Bowman, is similar in stature standing the same height and looks remarkably similar to one of Peter’s portrait paintings. As an actor, Bowman enjoys performing dramatic impersonations of Peter with a six-foot replica broadsword similar to the one George Washington had made for him. In 2009, he self-published a historical novel entitled Hercules of the Revolution, and has recently produced the first documentary about his ancestor. Bowman delivered his first performance as Peter Francisco at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park on Peter Francisco Day, 2008. Keep up with Travis on Twitter @PeterFrancisco.

About Aurora Awards
Aurora Awards (http://www.auroraawards.com) is an independent film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional and corporate videos. The international competition is designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries have come from across the US, and abroad, such as Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, Mexico, etc.

Bowman will be at the SAR National Congress on July 9th, which is also the day Peter Francisco would have celebrated his 251st birthday. For more details about his upcoming appearances, visit http://www.HerculesoftheRevolution.com. To schedule an interview with Travis Bowman, please call (704) 728-5800 or e-mail thebookstand(at)msn(dot)com.


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