George Washington: The Farewell Address (2018)

[95 minutes]


A Film by Billy Tooma & Tony Calandrillo

Produced by C. Bríd Nicholson

Interviews with
Mark Edward Lender, Maxine N. Lurie,
Jonathan Mercantini, William B. Rogers, John T. Shaw

Opening and Closing Narration by Shaheed K. Woods

David Hunscher as the voice of George Washington

Original Artwork by
Najee R. Smith

Original Score Composed by
Will Lewis

Production Assistants
Natacha Lima, Andre Da Silva


After having been elected to two terms as the first President of the United States of America, George Washington opted to not seek a third. In the last year of his presidency, he enlisted Alexander Hamilton to help him draft a letter to the American people, explaining his decision against running for reelection and to also convey some parting words of advice to the citizens of the still-young republic. It was first published in David C. Claypoole's American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796, before being reprinted in newspapers across the nation.

This documentary features a full recitation of Washington’s valediction along with in-depth analysis by experts on topics including, but not limited to: political parties, international alliances, free trade, and war. It is a case study on the United States’ formative years under the Constitution as well as a reflection upon the inaugural head of the new federal government’s executive branch.