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"Dutchess County": An Imaginative Biopic of Washington Irving 
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Dutchess County is a bittersweet tale inspired by the life of America's original storyteller, Washington Irving (1783-1859).

When his sweetheart's father urges him to find a "real profession," struggling writer Irving embarks with his best friend, painter Washington Allston, on an odyssey through the magical Hudson River Valley. There Irving finds the inspiration and subject matter for his beloved stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and the wisdom that helps him weather the storms of life.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516

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"The screenplay effectively marries Washington Irving's literary journey with his legendary literary creations, Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane. Also of interest is the enduring friendship that develops between the two Washingtons, that is, Washington Irving and Washington Allston. A delightful read."

"De Sapio’s portrayal is both clever and humorous as he weaves fact and fiction (Irving’s) to depict much of Irving’s adult life. Through Irving’s struggles as a writer, De Sapio includes vignettes from Irving’s family, friendships, and romances. He seamlessly blends dramatizations from Rip Van Winkle and Sleepy Hollow, concluding with Irving in his prime at Sunnyside, his home on the Hudson."

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Michael De Sapio is a writer and musician from Alexandria, Virginia. His essays on religious and aesthetic topics have appeared in Fanfare, Touchstone, and The Twilight Zone Museum. Michael's first screenplay was The Incredible Life of Joey Coletta.


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Post Re: "Dutchess County": Biopic of Washington Irving
Have you sold the film rights? I was just wondering. This looks very interesting. I once read The World of Washington Irving by Van Wyck Brooks.



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No, I have not as of yet. I am looking for a producer.



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Learn about the origin of two of the most beloved early American stories, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," and the young American upstart who created them. Travel back to the colorful early days of the American Republic in this entertaining and touching tale.


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Dutchess County is a delightful origin story for two of the most beloved American folktales, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Learn about the struggles author Washington Irving went through to write these evocative tales and the role that the Hudson Valley in New York state played in inspiring them. A moving coming of age story for both Irving and the young nation as it struggles to find a distinctive cultural identity in the early years of the 19th century.

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A sample from this evocative historical tale.


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Another sample from this evocative retelling of the tales of Washington Irving.


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Post Re: "Dutchess County": An Imaginative Biopic of Washington Irving
Do you like the classic supernatural tales "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Then you will thrill to "Dutchess County," an engaging origin story of those beloved works of American fiction.

Washington Irving originated many aspects of American myth, changing the way we celebrate Halloween and Christmas and coining "Gotham" as a nickname for New York City. In "Dutchess County" we travel with the struggling young writer as he searches for inspiration in the storied landscape and ghostly legends of the Hudson River Valley.

Filled with unforgettable characters and the color and life of America in the Federal period, "Dutchess County" is a feast for the senses.



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Dutchess County:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516


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Check out "Dutchess County," an evocative screenplay about the life of pioneering American author Washington Irving.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516


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Check out "Dutchess County."

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516



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Post Re: "Dutchess County": An Imaginative Biopic of Washington Irving
An Amazon review of Dutchess County:

DUTCHESS COUNTY: A SCREENPLAY is a moving, cinematic, meaningful biopic of Washington Irving (1783-1859), credited with being the first American “Man of Letters” and the Father of the American Short Story. We glimpse a pivotal time in American history—pre-Revolution to post-Revolution, the “Age of Reason” to the “Age of Romanticism.” Irving bridges the Old World of Europe and the New World of America. He influenced many of the nineteenth century English great writers—Scott, Dickens, Thackeray—and in America, Longfellow. American literature gained respect (finally, and perhaps grudgingly).

Irving narrates through voice-overs, depicting dream and fantasy sequences in which he plays a role in the story he is writing. The device allows us to enter Irving’s imagination, while placing him in the historical context of his times. We see the miracle of the story—when the reader lives in the telling.

We see Irving’s use of folk tales and local legends that surround Tarrytown in New York State. These become his stories, and as he listens to local tales, the power of the oral telling is evident. We see the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River valley, Sleepy Hollow, as well as New York City. We see him write the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” Rip Van Winkle, we recall, falls asleep before the American Revolution and awakes twenty years later, after the Revolution. He has suffered a “little death” and resurrection. He returns to his village an old man, a new world surrounding him. He falls asleep in Sleepy Hollow, where ghosts of the original Dutch settlers gather. He awakes having missed the turning point in the history of the Western world, the birth of the New World. Are we asleep today, detached from our history?

Heroes and history are central. Washington Irving, named after George Washington, meets the president as a boy, and George Washington blesses him. Irving’s last work is a five volume biography of George Washington. After time spent with the Iroquois, he states, “It strikes me that our country, young as it is, has a real history behind it. It shall be my task to tell it, and to give voice to its divers people.” His friend Allston states, “You have showed us the value of our history, traditions and legends.” His friend Rebecca tells him it lies with him to save—give birth to—American literature.

The scenes depict a world of ideals, virtue versus vice born of the Judeo-Christian tradition: work versus idleness, business versus pleasure, truth versus lies, bravery versus cowardice, fortitude versus weakness, with the implicit judgments. Christianity forms a background, in conversation about belief and unbelief, in moments of prayer before a white cross, in the claim that without belief one cannot be an artist. For artists must depict suffering redeemed by beauty and truth, darkness turned into light, hope silencing despair. As Irving reads from his beloved’s Bible, left to him after her early death, he moves from darkness into light. He states later, “I am sure that Matilda lives.”

There are many lovely moments in DUTCHESS COUNTY. Upon return from England, Irving writes of the festivities of an English Christmas, not seen in Puritan America. He introduces St. Nicholas flying through the night sky, made famous by Clement Clark Moore in “The Night Before Christmas.”

Thank you, Michael De Sapio, for Washington Irving has been brought back to life, framed in an immensely important conversation about faith, history, virtue, and the miracle of storytelling touchingly and sensitively portrayed. I look forward to the film!

Christine Sunderland, Author of ANGEL MOUNTAIN (Wipf and Stock, 2020)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516



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Check out "Dutchess County," a biopic of early American author Washington Irving:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516



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Check out Dutchess County

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516


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An official selection in the True Story Screenplay Competition (July 2020), Dutchess County is an evocative historical tale about literature and the imagination:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1079116516



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