This film illuminates the creation of a new nation and government at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Featuring an original score by Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone, “Independence! A Lone Star Rises” was filmed with participation from local Brazos county students, Texan reenactors, and award-winning director Gary Foreman of Native Sun Productions.
On March 2, 1836, while the siege at the Alamo raged, 59 elected delegates gathered in Washington, Texas to declare independence, write a new constitution, and elect an interim government. Risking everything, their actions legitimized the Revolution and changed the world forever.
This project is made possible in cooperation of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, Washington-on-the-Brazos Historical Foundation, and the Texas Historical Commission. Sponsors for the film include Washington on the Brazos Historical Foundation, Blue Bell Creameries, Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation, Walmart, Kolkhorst Family Foundation, George and Anne Butler Foundation, John Nau III, Brannon Industrial Group, MidSouth Electric Co-op, H-E-B, Citizens State Bank, Summerlee Foundation, Brenham ISD Education Foundation ,Travis and Tim Bryan, Sons of the Republic of Texas San Jacinto Chapter #1, Taste of Texas Restaurant, Del Sol Food Co. Inc./Briannas, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op, Turner, Pierce & Fultz, Cathy Cole, Compass Country Properties Group, The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley and the City of Navasota, Bob and Cathleen Davis, John and Evelyn Boatwright, Dr. Gary and Vicki Friedman.