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A New Docudrama
Released in 2009
» Filling The Gap is an important educational film. It has the distinction of being an African-American historical film that features little known facts about “people of color” during the ante-bellum period in America.
» Filling The Gap gives viewers an enlightening view of black people in bondage rendering both military and non-combat service in the Civil War. Highly skilled as artisans and craftsmen and ingenious as inventors, African-Americans made great contributions to the early settlement and development of our country.
» Filling The Gap is spectacular in its portrayal of historical characters like Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and others who are less known. This film is significant as a resource in the study of America’s history.

Essence of History

Filling The Gap
Forgotten Chapter In American History

Sojourner Truth

Mary Lincoln &
Elizabeth Keckley
A Brilliant Performance!
Powerful Portrayals

Douglass Meets Lincoln

Educational Film
Exemplifying the
African American

Robert Smalls

Civil War
U.S. Colored Troops

An Essence of History Production

Tyrone Young, Executive Producer/Director
Mary J. Fears, Co-Producer

Red Carpet Courtesy of
Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 4:00 P.M.


MARY FEARS (386) 253-151


MON. – FRI., FEBRUARY 15 – 20, 10:00 AM – 4 PM (386) 481-2465

See the trailer at www.essenceofhistory.com

Ellavision Entertainment has joined with Mary J. Fears to produce the Docudrama "Filling The Gap." A film of this magnitude requires a team of seasoned professionals. Directed by: Tyrone Young an Independent Filmmaker. Award Winning Cinematographer Richard Pabis has joined the team as Director of Photography. Many others such as: Trevor Brown - 1st A.D, Jasmine Davenport - Production Coordinator, Joel V. Fears - Executive Producer, Sarah Rone - Line Producer, Sheila Williams - Script Supervisor, and a host of others.. Free Will Holiness Church - Daytona Beach Florida, Olivet Baptist Church - Lake City Florida, Re-enactors and Volunteers all contribute to the ground breaking Docudrama...."Filling The Gap"

Viewer Comments
This film can’t be put out there soon enough. A much needed part of our educational system. And bravo to Sojourner Truth! Brilliant job with the “Aint I a woman” speech.
Nicole Sputtke /Orlando, FL/ Valencia

I enjoyed this documentary very much. I am a junior in high school and I’m in Advanced Placement U.S. History. Most of the stories portrayed are ones I’ve read in depth about. But this time it was a whole different experience by watching what I’ve learned on screen. It made the stories more personal and real.
Leslie Tavaras/ Student/ Orlando, FL

Loved it…very inspirational…well put together. Keep it coming…great job!
Ebonie Hopkins/ Orlando, FL

Awesome and revealing of the great significant contributions made by our African-American brothers sisters and their ancestors, to our great country.
Teresa Glaser/ Student

Very educational historically accurate. I really enjoyed it!!!
Dave Maldo/ Casselberry, FL

Well done! The best depiction of the African-American history during a bleak and sad period of American history. We need this film in every school in Florida, nationwide and the world. I will assist in this process in the Florida African-American history.
Dr. Patrick C Coggins/ Stetson University

I thought it was awesome for me and my family. We loved it and the information gathered from the film was priceless and definitely filled in the gap!
James Bertrand/ Orlando, FL

The film was wonderful. Very informative and engaging. The cinema photography and sound track were both amazing as was the screenplay itself.
James Gannaway

This movie was awesome, it was very knowledgeable in all aspects. I learned so much and I appreciate the staff and cast for educating me in my culture. I will definitely pass this movie on for generations to come. Again, I say thanks!
Alexis Smith/ Daytona, FL

It was awesome. So inspiring. Excellent quality.
Carol Smith/ Port Orange, FL

Great! The timing is right on. Get it out to the schools. A piece of history that must be told.
David Calder/ Ontario, CANADA

Wow! We expected “great”. It was superior! What an experience. Thank you.
Edward and Lynn Wiescholek/ Middle School Teacher/ Kissimmee, FL

Filling the Gap was an inspirational, wonderfully done film. A shared celebration of all inclusive human contribution towards the greatness of our United States.
Paula Forrest/ Orlando, FL

Thank you! Thank You! So appreciative of the labor of love, Tyrone and all of those involved in the production. I want my daughter and family members to view this divine creation.
Devita Mosley/ Fashion Designer/ Mascotte, FL

The film was very inspiring and educational. It was energetic, I didn’t know whether to get up and run or shout! Good job!
Shannan Williams/ Nurse/ Orlando, FL

The film was amazing and quite interesting. It made me feel more proud of my background and heritage and the struggles of those before us. Schools should have this film in every library.
Barbara Kirby-Bentley/ School Teacher/ Sanford, FL

Well done! It does truly “Fill in the Gaps” of U.S. History
W. Parker/ Deland, FL

Very informative, great research. Would make a great teaching companion for schools and youth groups. Would like to purchase a copy when it becomes available.
Diane Briggs

An essential lesson for every young citizen of our great nation. Please allow the work to be shared at all of our schools and help revitalize proper unbiased education.
Louis T Martell/ Orlando, FL

Fantastic film, I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to view it.
Shauna Muir/ Orlando, FL

Thank you for allowing me to witness the truth. God Bless
R Briggs/ Orlando, FL

Wonderful representation of our history, which has been lost in translation. Brilliant.
Arlisa/ Kissimmee, FL

It was easy to follow and interestingly informative, a pleasure to watch
Kirsten Mitchell/ Deland, FL

Wonderfully filmed, edited, written and researched. Thanks for asking me to be apart of this history.
Caryl Stevens/ Jacksonville, FL

Very pleasing, educational and uplifting. I wish every man and child could be privileged to see this film. Very proud and honored.
Melvin R Turner/ Celebration, FL
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Hello to All,

It is premature to believe that you could breathe life into Black History when Black Americans neither have sovereignty nor complete independence from White America who made us with the help of African slave women when slavery in this country first began, am I right.

Black Americans are a new breed or race of people that has emerged out of the ashes of slavery. We are neither Africans nor Caucasians even though the Africans and Caucasians are Black America’s ancestors. Since we are 41 million strong, we are not offspring of an interracial relationship. We are a new breed or race of people that has emerged out of the ashes of slavery.

Consequentially, Black history is really a continuation of White history in disguise, am I right.

God has inspired me to now that Black America’s only permanent solution is that we desired to become a sovereign people or have complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders to pursue life, liberty, happiness and prosperity in our own way. From that, point on then Black history becomes Black history.

Who dare to say that I am wrong?

Tell me what you think

Saturday, January 16th 2010 at 11:10AM
Harry Watley
Dear Mr. Whatley:

"Consequentially, Black history is really a continuation of White history in disguise, am I right."

If you can manage to provide even one credible, authoritative professional historian to support that cockamamie statement, then I will eat my hat!!!

If you can't then it is just one man's opinion and everybody is entiteld to disagree freely.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 at 6:37PM
Richard Kigel
Hello Mr. Kigel,

Let me say first that I was forced to laugh when I read the word cockamamie. I have not heard that word in a long time.

Well Mr. Kigel, what I am saying is not cockamamie, but common sense. Let me explain it to you, which will rise above the head of any professional historian.

Black Americans were born into slavery. Black Americans are people that White American people literally own as if you owned a pet animal. Naturally, Black Americans to have such a status cannot write history. Only sovereign and independent people have the right to write history and Black Americans does not fit these criteria, am I right.

Knowing this, it is not rational to believe Black Americans has history. Any history that is attributed to Black Americans is White History in disguise, am I right.

Now, we do not need a professional historian to validate the common sense fact I just presented which is more than just an opinion.

In other words, history know that Black Americans are the result of hundreds of years of White men breeding with the African slave women they brought from the slave traders. Consequentially, Black Americans are people that were born in slavery and from half a parent owned by White people, am I right. Does not history say this?

Mr. Kigel, Black Americans are going to be a sovereign people on a portion of this continent and we will then write our history.

Tell me what you think.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 at 9:32PM
Harry Watley
Dear Mr. Whatley:

So you liked the word "cockamamie", huh! So glad I could give you a moment's laughter. In my opinion, you would be happier if you laughed a little more!!!

Your points are based two false conclusions.

1. "Only sovereign and independent people have the right to write history and Black Americans does not fit these criteria, am I right?"

No, actually you are incorrect about that. Any individual who can write, no matter what his or her circumstances are, leaves their writing for future historians to read and analyze. Potentially, you are makingi history right now!

2. "Now, we do not need a professional historian to validate the common sense fact. I just presented which is more than just an opinion."

Acually, if you ever want to be taken seriously, you need validation by an authority. There is no such thing as a common sense fact. Facts need the support of data or an authority. You have neither.

So here I have to disagree. What you presented is just an opinion because it has no support.

Come back with data or some authoritative confirmation for your ideas, and you might have better luck persuading somebody.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 at 10:23PM
Richard Kigel
Hello Mr. Kigel,

I think that you will disagree with me on anything that may have a hairline crack.

Common sense precedes data. I believe that you generally understand what I am saying that a subjugated people cannot write history. In other words, the reason that White people has the right to write history is because they came out of the genies bottle first. So, I think that you understand what I am saying, but you would rather split here is with me.

The bottom line is that Black Americans do not have history until we become a sovereign people.

Likewise, we do not have the right to create until we become God, am I right.

Tell me what you think.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 at 10:42PM
Harry Watley
Dear Mr. Whatley:

"I think that you will disagree with me on anything that may have a hairline crack. "

If that's true then I have plenty of company. On this website, I notice that you have conversations with a substantial number of people who also disagree with you on one point or another. They must see the same cracks I am seeing!

Please keep this in mind--I am not disagreeing with you about your basic point, the one you profess with passion and persistance. I agree that you have every right to call for a separate and sovereign black country if you wish.


Now about your assertion: "Common sense precedes data."

You are correct!!! But it is also true that common sense often does not give enough information for an individual to reach an intelligent conclusion.

Here is my assertion: "Data supercedes common sense."

Here is an example. Common sense tells us that the earth is flat. This is something everyone can plainly see. However, the data contradicts this. In spite of what we see, the earth is not flat.

Here is another one. Common sense tel us that our physical bodies are a solid mass of flesh. That is what our senses tell us. The data contradicts this. According to bio-chemical analysis, our bodies are made of mostly water.

The flaw in your common sense approach is that you rely on the senses exculsively for information The senses can be easily deceived. In order to reach conclusions that are more meaningful, people need to gather as much data as possible. Then, after examining ALL available data, you can reach a conclusion that is reasonable.

Common sense gives you limited information.

And that is why you are having so much difficulty getting people to follow your pronouncements. In my opinion, you will receive a better reception if you presented some actual data to support your various claims.

Anyway--I certainly wish you good luck in your endeavors!!!

Sunday, January 17th 2010 at 11:39AM
Richard Kigel
"Either the United States will destroy ignorance, or ignorance will destroy the United States." – W.E.B. DuBois

Our Leader President Baraka Hussein Obama needs the help of the "liberal NE" in the Massachusetts Election Tuesday----I'm calling Patriots now and the campaign needs you to call all the mlk crowd to vote.............

Sunday, January 17th 2010 at 12:15PM
robert powell
To Robert:

Amen, brother!!! That is both to the DuBois quote and to supporting the President in Massachusetts!

Sunday, January 17th 2010 at 1:24PM
Richard Kigel
Hello Mr. Kigel,

Firstly, when I mentioned hairline crack or whenever anyone uses the phrase hairline crack that someone is actually saying that he will get an argument even when there is no argument there as you are presently doing with me. So, that is what a hairline crack means.

Secondly, any prudent person knowing the history of Black Americans in this country with White Americans would not give me an argument that Black Americans do not have any history. Only White American people could write history for the United States of America. What I have just said is a matter of commonsense. Since the real estate of this country belongs to White American people, it would be White American people to validate any history written of their own country. For instance, when the Chinese people came here to work on the railroad that is not Chinese history. The history of the railroad and Chinese people is White American history. The history of slavery of Black Americans in this country is White American history as well. Now, when Blacks become a sovereign people or have complete independence from White America on a portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders, then and only then could Black Americans begin to write their own history retroactive to slavery. It baffles me why you would argue with me when what I am saying is commonsense.

Thirdly, common sense will always precede data. Data is accumulated based on common sense. No one is born with data; however, we are all born supposedly with common sense. Data did not determine the earth was round, common sense determined that the earth was round. It was common sense and from common sense, data was collected. When enough data was collected as the trade winds, vegetation that washed up on the shores of Europe that was not common to the continent of Europe then more common sense kicked in to petition the king and queen to sponsor and exploration across the Atlantic Ocean in a Westward direction. Common sense is what God gave man, am I right. God did not give man data.

Lastly, most people disagree with me because they are not accustomed to thinking or rationalizing and I am.

Tell me what you think.

Sunday, January 17th 2010 at 2:28PM
Harry Watley
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