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Dead of Winter: The Donner Party

  • Documentary and factual
  • History
  • 2015
  • Doug Glover
  • 84 mins

Summary

What starts as a call to the West quickly turns to a deadly journey for three families and their compatriots on a quest for the American Dream. Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, they fall prey to sub-zero temperatures, torrential rainfalls, floods and ten foot snow drifts, and are eventually forced to turn on each other in order to survive. Using a hybrid, multi-media approach we set out to explore one of the most macabre and sensational stories in American history through first-person narration, dramatic reenactment, expert interviews, green screen, CGI, and archival materials. Through the scope of the landscape and the weather encountered, the audience will be brought closer to the emotional and mental anguish these settlers experienced in this timeless battle of Man vs. Nature.

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Credits

Cast

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James ReedDarrin Miller
Expert SpokespersonElizabeth Austin
commentatorElizabeth Austin
Margaret ReedLibby Baker
William EddyJon Bloch
Patrick BreenKit Dennis
Wagon GuyD.J. Duplan
Lewis KesebergBear Fuerst
George DonnerDarby Hinton
Tamsen DonnerKim Lankford
John SnyderCalen John Neal

Crew

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DirectorDoug Glover
WriterRaymond Bridgers
ProducerBen Kahn
Production designerNarbeh Nazarian

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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