About Jefferson Moore
National Anthem Girl (documentary) – 2019 – producer, writer, director
In 2001, he founded Kelly’s Filmworks Ltd. (named for his wife and co-founder, Kelly) and proceeded to write, produce, direct and edit his own projects.
Kelly’s Filmworks also handles its own distribution.
Jefferson has served as editor on several of his films, under the pseudonym Pate Walters.
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‘NATIONAL ANTHEM GIRL’
What started as a desire to honor America’s brave led to a remarkable cross-country journey that would change one woman’s life forever, as she sought to become the first person in history to perform The National Anthem in all 50 United States.
That’s the basis for the new documentary, ‘National Anthem Girl‘, produced by Kelly’s Filmworks Studios, an independent film company known primarily for bringing inspirational narratives to the big screen. ‘Anthem Girl‘ marks the studio’s first documentary project.
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“We’ve always chosen projects that we felt filled a need,” says ‘National Anthem Girl‘ producer and Kelly’s Filmworks co-founder, Kelly Worthington, “and Janine’s story was one that stood out to us as being both inspiring and also extremely relevant in today’s American climate.”
Worthington’s husband and studio co-founder, Jefferson Moore, agreed. “Even before the dust up with Colin Kaepernick and the NFL had the entire country choosing sides, there existed the accomplishment of this single young lady, a true patriot, that only a handful of Americans knew about; our film gives people a fresh take on the song that unites us all, regardless of which side of the aisle (or stadium) that you occupy.”
Narrated by Janine Stange herself, the documentary follows the self-financed two-year journey that saw her going from a frustrated singer, living in L.A. with visions of stardom, to a dedicated one-woman show on a state-by-state mission to spread American pride and to display gratitude for the brave men and women the Anthem represents. (Her endeavor would eventually culminate on September 14, 2014, the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner, at Fort McHenry, site of Francis Scott Key’s historical composition.)
Moore, who served as director on the documentary, first met Stange when she was about midway through her quest, with 23 states under her belt. “I’d like to think the three of us (Moore, his wife, Kelly, and Stange) immediately hit it off and became friends…that sort of brought us into the fold of following along with her journey from that point on, even though, at the time, we had no idea we would be the one’s telling her story when all was said and done. We were literally in awe of what she was attempting to accomplish, all on her own.”
The couple started gathering footage of Stange’s exploits when she performed the Anthem before a minor league baseball game in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. They subsequently continued with her through the end of her journey, “just to give her free resources to help promote her cause,” said Moore, adding, “she was constantly getting requests for HD footage from big network outlets like NBC and Fox News Channel.”
It wasn’t until several months after the mission was completed that Kelly and Jefferson inquired with Stange about putting all her adventures from the road into one complete storyline, told in her own words, documentary-style.
Worthington jokes, “We knew she had the effervescent personality and presence to tell her story the best way possible, with that Long Island accent and all her quirky ‘Italian-ness’ as a bonus.”
The documentary takes the audience on a cross-country travelogue of sorts, with Stange supplying anecdotes of a pilgrimage that saw her performing the National Anthem in high-profile boxing rings, major league baseball stadiums, hockey rinks, NASCAR events, NFL gridirons, and also less colorful venues such as donkey basketball tournaments, car show tents, and even ‘The Center of the Universe’ in an Idaho mining town.
The story that unfolds is an account of Stange’s unique challenges and the unforgettable Americans she meets along the way, all told through the eyes of a woman who would come to find her own heart above the fruited plains.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this film will be donated to one of several organizations whose sole purpose is to support US military personnel, past and present.
Trivia about Jefferson Moore:
- Edits his own films under the alias ‘Pate Walters’ because, quote, “I get tired of seeing ‘Jefferson Moore’ all over the credits”.
- Cites Sylvester Stallone, Michael Keaton, and Jeff Bridges as his acting heroes.
- Walter Hill and Clint Eastwood influenced his directing style.
- A college drop-out who never studied acting, writing, nor filmmaking; his previous careers include: bouncer, restaurant manager, sales rep, inventor, print broker, and Kinko’s account manager.
- Refused the lead in his first grade school play because of his chronic shyness – an affliction he still struggles with to this day.
- As a producer and director, likes to employ the old ‘studio players’ system of yesteryear; utilizing a reoccurring pool of actors in different roles for each project. Among his repeat performers are: Tom Luce, Melissa Combs, Matt Wallace, Pattie Crawford, Stella Davis, Tim Kelty, and Tina Jo Wallace.
- Describes himself as a ‘textbook introvert’.
- First ‘big’ acting job was the lead role in a nationally-televised music video called “Feed Jake”.
- First ever television appearance was as a contestant on a Louisville, Kentucky, high school quiz show called, “Hi-Q”.
- In 1992 cast in high-profile music video, “Feed Jake” (Liberty Records)
- 1993 cast in the TV pilot, ‘Volunteers’ in L.A.
- 1997 formed Kelly’s Filmhouse Productions, later became Kelly’s Filmworks Ltd.
- 1999 cast opposite Lou Diamond Phillips and Andre Braugher in ‘A Better Way to Die’ (Columbia Tri Star)
- Same year costarred in ABC Made-for-TV movie, ‘Brotherly Love’
- 2004 wrote, directed and starred in the feature film, ‘The Perfect Stranger’ based on David Gregory’s NY Times
- Bestselling novel (film released in 2006 by Kelly’s Filmworks)
- Wrote/directed/starred in the following sequels and or original feature films, all by Kelly’s Filmworks:
- ‘Another Perfect Stranger’ (2007)‘The Stranger’ miniserial for TV (2007)
- ‘The Perfect Gift’ (2009)
- ‘1 Message’ (2010, wrote and directed only, based on the Mary Lennox novel)
- ‘Nikki & The Perfect Stranger’ (2013)
- ‘Pieces of Easter’ (2014)
- ‘Reading Kate’ (2015)
- ‘Clancy Once Again’ (2016)
- ‘National Anthem Girl’ (2109, documentary, wrote and directed)
Current residence: Louisville, Kentucky