The campaigned raised over $10,000 from donors in the United States, Portugal, and Canada.
Son of Portugal is a drama/thriller feature film project set in 1964 in the United States and Portugal. Lyndon B. Johnson is President of the United States and António de Oliveira Salazar is the fascist dictator of Portugal, leading Europe's oldest dictatorship. Son of Portugal is about the Connemaras, Joe and Diana, an idealistic young couple working at the U.S. State Department. They host a 16-year-old foreign exchange student, João ("John" in Portuguese), a boy raised under Salazar's repressive regime. Joe and Diana and their two children, Dan and Moira, forge an unbreakable bond with the shy, precocious João. When the Salazar regime tortures João's pro-democracy father and then comes after João himself, the Connemaras must decide what they're willing to do in the name of family and democracy.
John Dos Passos Coggin, an American writer, wrote the script for Son of Portugal. Coggin is the only grandson of writer John Dos Passos (1896-1970). His Dos Passos roots are in Ponta do Sol, Madeira. Coggin has travelled in Portugal and Madeira and speaks English and Brazilian Portuguese. He co-manages the John Dos Passos literary estate and serves on the advisory board of the John Dos Passos Society. He writes films, poetry, biography, and journalism.
The Son of Portugal project comes at an auspicious time. Next year, on April 25th, Portugal will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of fascism. With seed money secured, Son of Portugal is on the road to success. Mr. Coggin is seeking partners and financing to continue to develop his film project.
Media Contact: John Dos Passos Coggin, manager, John Dos Passos Literary Estate
johndpcoggin@gmail; (Mobile) 804-201-5744