Black Jack Pershing: Love and War is a 2018 finalist in our films over 40 minutes, and we asked Bernard McCoy a few questions!
What was your inspiration behind the story?
To reveal the powerful personal life of U.S. WWI General John "Black Jack" Pershing. Behind the iron exterior of America's only active-duty six-star general has buried a tragedy so deep Pershing could never speak of it.
What was the moment that made you decide you were going to make this film.
When I found the general's personal love letters between he and his wife Frances "Frankie" Warren Pershing.
What was a major hurdle for you?
Raising funding for the project.
Do you have a most memorable moment during film making?
When we asked noted WWI historian Dennis Showalter to summarize in our interview with him the importance of General Pershing's role in WWI. He replied: "General Pershing was the man for the job. Right place. Right time. John J. Pershing was a true American son-of-a-bitch!"
What advise can you give aspiring film makers?
Just finish the project.
How can we get the film?
It should be available on Amazon Prime for rental or purchase in the coming months. We will also screen the documentary for the public in the coming months at the National Archives and Records Administration in washington, D.C., and the national WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.