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About

In 1993 the movie Tombstone made him a household name, as one of the Wild West’s most famous figures. Quick with a gun and easy on the eyes, he was a gentleman gambler with a slow southern drawl.

In 1881 John Henry “Doc” Holliday rose to infamy at the famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. But, unlike his contemporaries Wyatt Earp, Billie The Kid and Jesse James, the details of Holliday’s life remain shrouded in mystery and controversy.

Born before the end of the American Civil War in Georgia, Doc Holliday was a southern son of the Old South. In this documentary, we trace Holliday’s roots from his life after the Civil War in Reconstruction Georgia to dental school in Philadelphia and onwards to the Wild West. We journey cross-country to seek out truths about the crimes leveled against him, his personal relationships and the final years of his life.

It’s the story of the effects of the war on a southern family, a story of scandal, first love, lost dreams and the inheritance that turned a southern boy into a western legend.

Author Victoria Wilcox, winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, is joined by a host of historians and scholars as they piece together the history of John Henry Holliday.

Join us as we go in search of the real “Doc” Holliday.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the documentary will be donated to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Funding for this project will be used to complete filming, editing, sound and final production of the documentary, master the original soundtrack, secure distribution, complete the website and market and promote the documentary to the general public.

The Award-Winning Series 

Victoria Wilcox, Georgia Author of the Year
Victoria Wilcox, Georgia Author of the Year

Victoria Wilcox was born on the eighth day of the month of November – the same day of the same month as Margaret Mitchell was born, and the same day and month that Doc Holliday died. And she was eight years old when she first announced to her family that she was going to be writer – no great surprise, as she had been making up songs and poems and putting on her own little theatricals for years already.

She came by it all naturally, being born in California to a pioneer Hollywood film industry family. Victoria grew up loving dramatic stories of all kinds, especially those with a sense of history. As a young woman she developed a passion for the stories of royal families found in English historical fiction, and felt certain she was descended from King Arthur himself and destined to discover the historic Camelot. So she began her college career as a Medieval English History major – admittedly a narrow field in American academia – before receiving a degree in English Literature and doing graduate work in Playwriting. In her professional life she has been a teacher of English and composition on the college level and worked as a technical writer and instructional designer for industry and universities.

A move to Atlanta, Georgia inspired a love of all things Southern and introduced her to a project that would fill the next few years of her life: the white-columned Greek Revival home built by the uncle of the legendary Doc Holliday in the last days before the Civil War.

Although one of Georgia’s only remaining unrestored antebellum homes, the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House was slated to be torn down and replaced by a parking lot, so Wilcox founded a non-profit organization to save it and turn it into a museum site. It’s now the centerpiece of a beautiful historic district, and Wilcox’s efforts were rewarded with a commendation from the City of Fayetteville and a cover on “Fayette Woman” magazine – and an untold tale that begged to be written.

In researching the house and its former owners, she had uncovered a story almost too good to be true: the infamous Doc Holliday was kin to Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell who modeled her saintly Melanie on Doc’s real-life sweetheart, his cousin Mattie Holliday.

It was an amazing melding of literature and legend and a great tale for historical fiction. But what began as a Southern love story soon became something larger, as Wilcox discovered what Mattie Holliday meant when she reminisced that Doc was “a much different man than the one of western legend.” Most of the books written about him were wrong; much of the truth had been hidden for generations by a family ashamed of their prodigal son. The real Doc Holliday was more mystery than history.

Thus began eighteen years of original research and writing to find the life behind the legend, as Wilcox followed Holliday’s trail from Georgia to Texas, from the cowboy capital of Dodge City to the silver boomtown of Tombstone, from Leadville at the top of the Rocky Mountains to New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Along the way she interviewed family members, had access to private files and photographs, searched deeds and wills and legal records that had been long misplaced, reenacted shootings and stage robberies and court trials, traveled by steam engine over the rocky mountains and explored ghost towns and silver mines and sulfur caves, all so she understand the man that Mattie Holliday loved.

Now Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday is complete in a trilogy of three novels, an epic historical fiction of the Civil War and the Wild West told on a very personal level. As best-selling author Pat Conroy told Wilcox when they were both guest speakers at the Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta, “I wish I’d thought of it!”

Victoria Wilcox’s writing on the history of the Old South and the Wild West has been featured in such publications as TrueWest Magazine, North Georgia Journal, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She has lectured extensively on the same subjects and been a guest on various television programs. Drawing on her lifelong love of music and theater, she has written songs for Nashville recording artists and authored the musical Goin’ to Zion! along with numerous smaller theatrical works.

The Filmmaker

Dana Celeste Robinson
Dana Celeste Robinson

Dana Celeste Robinson is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of London. She holds a PhD in history.

Dana started Knox Robinson Publishing in London and New York in 2010 and Knox Robinson Films in 2014.

The Knox Robinson name has gone from strength to strength since inception with book endorsements from the former dean of the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, Amy Tan, Jeffrey Deaver, among others.

It was while on a trip with her best friend, a television director, producer and filmmaker who has filmed documentaries for Discovery, PBS, and National Geographic as well as Channel 4 in the UK, to his home in beautiful Anglesy, Wales that Dana first picked up a video camera. A weekend retreat turned into a weekend of instruction on creating narratives through video. For two days, she traveled with her friend around the Welsh countryside filming ancient castles and landmarks. Dana filmed her first documentary in August 2012 in the small English town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, located in county Kent, to accompany a Knox Robinson Publishing book entitled "The Wells" set in eighteenth century Royal Tunbridge Wells.

In January 2013, Dana moved from London back home to Lugoff where she assisted her father in caring for her mother who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and congestive heart failure. Later that year, Dana accepted an adjunct professorship at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where she teaches courses on Western and World Civilization and her discipline, The Crusades. She also enrolled in film school at Trident Technical College.

In her spare time, Dana volunteers with Charleston's Habitat for Humanity where she helps build homes for low-income families.

Knox Robinson Publishing and Knox Robinson Films are named after Dana's mother, who instilled a love of history and knowledge in her daughter at a very early age. On August 8, 2014, Dorothy Knox Robinson lost her fight against cancer and heart failure. A portion of all proceeds from the documentary sales will be donated to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society in her memory.

The Executive Producer

Nelson Hagood, photo by Pritchett Cotten
Nelson Hagood, photo by Pritchett Cotten

Nelson Hagood will serve as Executive Producer. He is a veteran of the design and film industry in Atlanta. Over the course of several years Nelson has had the opportunity to have worked on popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead (and featured on The Talking Dead), Necessary Roughness and The Vampire Diaries to name a few.

Nelson’s extensive background in design has lead to the development of projects for Russell Athletic, the 1996 Olympic Games, a documentary for the BBC and the publication of the graphic novel “Flowers” (Drawn & Quarterly Montreal).

Nelson is also an accomplished vocalist, his skills ranging from live performance to studio recording and producing. He has played professionally throughout the southeast, as far north as Philadelphia and New York, licensed songs to MTV and Adam & Eve Films. He has also been interviewed for WUSC (Columbia, South Carolina) and Alien World Radio.

After working on major motion pictures such as The Blind Side and Wanderlust, Nelson decided to combine his background in film, design and music to form Doogah Entertainment, an independent production company specializing in documentaries, independent films and music production.

Doogah Entertainment’s first venture will be In Search of Doc Holliday in collaboration with Knox Robinson Films. Also of note is Doogah Entertainment’s work with the musical acts: Synchro Nine Factor, John Omen, no.wasted.motion and Dub Professionals, all available through iTunes and Spotify.

Nelson currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and their two Boxers.

Composer of the Original Soundtrack

James F. Hagood Jr., photo by Seth & Alison Perry
James F. Hagood Jr., photo by Seth & Alison Perry

James F. Hagood Jr. is a musician from Roswell, Georgia. Hagood has been playing music since the age of 9. He is a former student of legendary guitarist Paul Forrest. He is also a former children's music teacher.

Hagood's music has been featured in the film Runaway Slave, MTV's Making the Video, and WoWza Surf Monkey iPhone App. He has played guitar and written music for the bands Synchro Nine Factor, No Wasted Motion, and PsiVamp.

Risks and challenges

There are minimal risks and challenges associated with this project. Once we receive funding, we will commence with completing filming, producing and distributing the soundtrack and documentary. The first two books in the Southern Son trilogy have already been published with the third book due out in 2015.

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