American Film Company (2008)

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The American Film Company
Founded 2008
Area served
Key people
Joe Ricketts
Alfed Levitt

Brian Falk
Robert Stone
Website The American Film Company

The American Film Company is a film production company founded in 2008 by Joe Ricketts. Ricketts previously founded Ameritrade and, with his family, owns the Chicago Cubs.[1] The American Film Company, founded on the belief that real life is often more compelling than fiction, produces feature films about true stories from America's past.[2] The company has offices in New York City and Los Angeles.


The company's first film was The Conspirator,[3] a historical drama about the trial of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination.[4] The film was directed by Robert Redford and stars James McAvoy and Robin Wright.[5] In keeping with the company's goal to create historically accurate films, Pulitzer Prize winner James McPherson, Lincoln assassination expert Thomas Turner, and Army historian Col. Fred Borch consulted on the film.[6]

The American Film Company is currently developing The Arsenal, a film about John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, and Midnight Riders, about the midnight ride of Paul Revere.[7]

List of films[edit]


  1. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Robert Redford's 'The Conspirator' Sells - But Not In Time For This Year's Oscars". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ "American Film Company | Mendelson's Musings". 2010-01-03. Archived from the original on 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ Cieply, Michael (2010-09-09). "Robert Redford Shops 'The Conspirator' in Toronto". Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (2010-09-12). "Toronto Film Festival: Robert Redford on 'The Conspirator' - Speakeasy - WSJ". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  5. ^ "The Conspirator". IMDb. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "News for Thomas Turner (III)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Films". The American Film Company. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 

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