Native American Heritage Month Feature: The Premier of Molly of the Mohawks

A live opera and documentary.

Password: Molly2020

You can view the premier of this doc/opera starting November 27.

Mary “Molly” Brant (1736-1796) was one of the most influential women of the 18th century. Molly was a Mohawk woman of the wolf clan. She married Sir William Johnson, the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs for Great Britain, and lived with him on his estate in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Molly and William worked hard to maintain the Silver Covenant Chain of Friendship between the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Great Britain.

Sir William Johnson died in 1774, just as Britain’s colonies were beginning to rebel. Although the Haudenosaunee at first hoped to remain neutral, Molly and her younger brother Joseph were among those who supported the British in this conflict. Others fought for the Americans. With the unity of the Haudenosaunee broken, those who supported the British saw their territories attacked and their communities destroyed by American troops in 1779.

Many settled in Canada when the war came to an end. As for Molly, she and her children settled in Kingston, Ontario.

Estimated time: 1 hour and 43 minutes.

Project Title: Molly of the Mohawk
Opera Credit
NYCA Entertainment LLC Presents
CVT Productions
Composer: Augusta Cecconi-Bates
Music Director: Charles Schneider
Choir Director: Emily Robideau
Dance-Choreography: Nickiataa Skidders
Documentary Credit
Producer & Documentary Director: Christian Von Tippelskirch
Executive Producer: Joanne Storkan
Co-Producer: John Craddock III, Chris Carpenter
Directors of Photography: Michael Baretta and Ben Wolf
Additional Camera: Courtney Rile, Holly Rodricks, Christian Von Tippelskirch
Sound Engineer: Brian Peters — TechValley Audio
Final Mix: Heath Hanlin
Narrator: Darren Bonaparte
Editors: Holly Rodricks and Courtney Rile
Color Correction and Online Edit: John Craddock III
Subtitling: Genta Trebicka
Project Website: http://www.honestenginefilms.com/mollyofthemohawks