Based on a true story. When Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) is elected President, he brings only one friend to Washington: his banjo-playing, joke-telling former law partner and confidant, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco). Lamon is also handy with a gun, and when the first assassination attempt occurs in 1861, Lamon appoints himself the President's bodyguard. From this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, from the constant military and political pressure, to the personal losses of friends and family members. Lamon soothes Lincoln's tormented soul, saves him from repeated attempts on his life, and introduces him at the Gettysburg Address. Lamon is not present on that fateful night at Ford's Theater in 1865 because Lincoln sends him on a mission, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. This visually unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs, using a new process called CineCollage, invented by director Salvador Litvak (When Do We Eat?). The film stars Penelope Ann Miller as Mary Todd Lincoln, Bruce Davison as William H. Seward, Creed Bratton as Senator Charles Sumner, Josh Stamberg as Salmon P. Chase and Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Mrs. Elizabeth Keckly.
Cast of Saving Lincoln
- Abraham Lincoln - Tom Amandes
- Mary Todd Lincoln - Penelope Ann Miller
- Senator Charles Sumner - Creed Bratton
- Salmon P. Chase - Josh Stamberg
- Montgomery Blair - Lew Temple
- Ned Baker - Steven Brand
- Willie Lincoln - Elijah Nelson
- Ward Hill Lamon - Lea Coco
- William H. Seward - Bruce Davison
- Mrs. Elizabeth Keckly - Saidah Arrika Ekulona
- Edwin Stanton - Robert Craighead
- Billy Herndon - Michael Maize
- Col. Elmer Ellsworth - Adam Croasdell
- Tad Lincoln - Joshua Rush
Director/Writer - Salvador Litvak
Born in Santiago, Chile, Salvador moved to New York at age five. He is a graduate of Harvard College, NYU Law School, and the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. He directed the Passover comedy and cult hit, When Do We Eat?, which he wrote with his wife, Nina Davidovich Litvak. He also blogs as the Accidental Talmudist for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.
Writer - Nina Davidovich Litvak
Nina Davidovich Litvak grew up in New York City and graduated from Columbia University. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in development at several major studios while honing her craft as a screenwriter. Nina co-wrote "When Do We Eat?" with her writing and life partner Salvador Litvak. She is thrilled to be realizing a lifelong dream of making a movie about Abraham Lincoln.
Producer - Reuben Lim
Reuben Lim is an Independent Film Producer based in Los Angeles, CA. His previous films include Half-Life (Sundance 2008), Entry Level (2007), Super Capers (2009). Through his Production Company, Lane Street Pictures, Reuben has also produced award winning films Reversion (Sundance 2008) and the observational documentary Where Are You Taking Me? (2010). Reuben is a Sundance Producing Fellow and also produces interactive and animation content.