Oliver Hazard Perry and the battle of lake erie

​Film Projects

John M. Kuzdale – Producer

Ms. Becerra has practiced as, initially, a certified public accountant and then as an attorney for over 30 years. She has represented a broad range of clients in numerous industries, including construction, real estate, manufacturing, and entertainment. She currently concentrates her practice in the areas of tax and business law and estate planning. She frequently consults for other attorneys, combining her expertise of accounting, tax and business law. She has negotiated various contracts for television and other media, and through her representation of the estate of blues singer Big Mama Thornton has had extensive dealings in the music industry. Throughout her career, she has been involved in organization and management of start-up businesses as well as assisted in financing, management and business succession of long standing business concerns. 

Mark Nixon worked for over 35 years in various positions within the Communications and Software Industry that included Senior Level Telecom Management, Executive and Board of Director level positions, Business Development, Software Sales, Emerging Technology Consulting as well as involvement in Academic and Engineering applications. As a Contractor/Consultant for the last fifteen years, he has helped a number of emerging companies and individuals develop and launch specific niche solutions. Residing the last 16 years in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife Jan, Mr. Nixon’s affiliations include The DaVinci Institute, and Adaptive Adventures, one of the leading outdoor sports associations for disabled and handicapped individuals where he developed and runs the National Adaptive Sailing program based in Colorado. His sailing, diving and historical passions led him to co-write and produce We Have Met The Enemy.

Brig Niagara/Erie Maritime Museum

The Perry Group

Seaway Trail

WNY Film Commission

Erie County Historical Society

Buffalo Naval Park


Debora K. Becerra, Esq.

VP of Finance

The project, in all its phases, is managed by John Kuzdale and Mark Nixon, the progenitors and producers of We Have Met the Enemy. They work in close collaboration with veteran film producer Scott Reda of Lou Reda Productions together with professional consultants and expert historians.

Contractual Partner

Scott L. Reda -­‐ Lou Reda Productions -­‐ Executive Producer -­‐ We Have Met The Enemy

Scott has been the Managing Director of Lou Reda Productions since 2003, when he left his own international publicly-traded company to work full-time with his father, founder Lou Reda, in developing an innovative, more modern approach to documentary filmmaking. Since then he has been responsible for exec producing over 85 specials and series. Most recently he exec produced History’s Vietnam in HD series, the acclaimed follow up to their previous awardwinning series WWII in HD. 

Lou Reda Productions has a long history producing award-¬‐winning programs for domestic and international broadcast. The company’s recognitions include a People’s Choice Award, a Peabody, nine Emmy nominations (including one win), five Cine  Golden Eagles and nine Tellys. One of the earlier better-¬‐known productions was the highly praised and award winning “Blue and Gray” in 1982. Among the company’s most recent productions are the History Channel event television series WWII in HD (narrated by Gary Sinise) and Vietnam in HD (narrated by Michael C. Hall) and the National Geographic Channel special Brothers in War (narrated by Charlie Sheen).


Kevin Bernhardt -­‐  Hollywood Screenwriter/Actor

John Jutila – Business Development

Jan Fairbairn – Graphic Design

David Guertin – Financing Consultant

For the first time, an assembly of the foremost experts/historians on the Battle of Lake Erie, War of 1812 and Oliver Hazard Perry will speak on this subject

Oliver Hazard Perry Cabot Jr., Direct descendant of Oliver Hazard Perry

John Duchesneau,
 President of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and co-author of Fort Adams:A History 

Dr. William Garvey, 
Former President of Mercyhurst College and President of The Jefferson Educational Society

Major John Grodzinski, 
Assistant Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada; author of The 104th (New Brunswick) of Foot in the War of 1812, and                                           Defender of Canada: Sir George Prevost and the War of 1812

John Hattendorf, 
Emeritus at Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Former Chairman of the                                   Maritime History Department and Director of the Naval War College Museum.

Charlie Buffum & Craig Harger, Divers who discovered the wreckage of Oliver Hazard Perry's ship, USS Revenge

Craig Heimbuch, 
Editor-in-Chief of ManoftheHouse.com and author of Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry

Kennedy Hickman, 
Military History Expert for About.com, Director of Penn State University’s All-Sports Museum, and previous Curator/Director of                                               Development at the USS Constellation Museum

Doug Kohler,
 History Teacher at Clarence Middle School; Erie County, NY Historian

Bill Krejci, Park Ranger at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Put-in-Bay; author of Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga                      County

Andrew Lambert, 
Director of Naval History Unit in the department of War Studies at Kings College, London; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Perry Lewis,
 Co-Vice Chair of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island Board of Directors

“Perry” Oliver Hazard Perry Lloyd, 
Architect and descendant of Oliver Hazard Perry

Walter Rybka, 
Administrator & Senior Captain of Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara; former Head of the Sail Training and Historic Interpretation                              Program at Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Captain WIlliam Sabatini, 
Captain of the U.S. Brig, Niagara

David Skaggs, 
Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, author of William Henry Harrison and the Conquest of the Ohio Country: Frontier Warfare                        in the War of 1812, and Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy; awarded the USS Constitution                                            Museum Foundation's Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the Ohio Academy of History's Distinguished Historian Award

Jamie Trost,
 Captain of the Pride of Baltimore II; Master aboard the Schooner Lynx, a reproduction of an 1812-era Chesapeake Bay topsail schooner

Robert Whitman,
 Park Ranger at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-In-Bay, Ohio

Jessica Wurzbacher, 
Executive Director for the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island;  former Chief Scientist and Program Manager for Sea

David Frew, Professor at Mercyhurst University; author of ten books on Lake Erie ships and shipwrecks including Perry's Lake Erie Fleet - After the Glory

Gerald AltoffAuthor of Amongst My Best Men: African Americans and the War of 1812, and Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie, and Deep Water                          Sailors, Shallow Water Soldiers

Organizations that have assisted this project

Lake Erie Heritage Foundation

Buffalo History Museum 

Jefferson Education Society

Lake Erie Shores and Islands


Department of the Navy

Mark S. Nixon – Producer

The Hagen History Center

Newport Historical Society

The Army and Navy Club

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

National Park Service

Old Fort Niagara

John Kuzdale has been researching the history and characters of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie since 2005 and was the principal writer of the initial screenplay for We Have Met The Enemy. John Kuzdale has also been serving as a City Court Judge in New York State for over 24 years and has studied screenwriting in New York City and film production in Hollywood and New York. For the past two decades he has worked with writers on several completed screenplays including the optioning and adaptation of the World War II, US Navy story, The Raft. He produced the critically acclaimed documentary Downtown.  John Kuzdale has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History together with his Jurisdoctorate.