Dead of Winter : The Donner Party

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Dead of Winter: The Donner Party


Dead of Winter : The Donner Party

Release Date: November 27, 2015

Year    :   2015
Slogan    :   «How far would you go to keep your family safe?»
Genres    :   Documentary, History, Horror
Production Companies    :   Thinkfactory Media
Director    :   Doug Glover
Producers    :   Fern Champion, Leslie Greif, Joanne Rubino, Raymond Bridgers, Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, John C. Joseph, Laura Decludt, Ayelet Bick, Lauren Frasca, Ben Kahn, Mayen Ma, Erika Wadler, Sterling Frymer, John Kalning
Writers    :   Raymond Bridgers
RunTime    :   84 mins.

What starts out as a voyage to the West in pursuit of the American Dream quickly turns deadly for the Donner party after a series of bad decisions and severe weather. Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this group of nearly 80 settlers fell prey to sub-zero temperatures, torrential rainfalls, extreme heat, and ten-foot snow drifts. Punishing storms trapped the party with nearly no food or shelter for 5 months in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Many died, some succumbed to cannibalism to survive, and others delved deeply into their faith while waiting to be rescued. “The Donner Party” explores this exciting journey through a hybrid of first-person narration, remarkable reenactments, expert interviews, CGI, and archival materials.

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