Bordertown the documentary
Bordertown the documentary
A motion picture about the heinous crimes committed in April 1974 in the deserts around Farmington New Mexico by three white teenagers.
A motion picture about the heinous crimes committed in April 1974 in the deserts around Farmington New Mexico by three white teenagers. Read more
About this project
In April 1974, three, white teenagers were taking part in an awful teenage past time, Indian Rolling. But this time, the three teens went far beyond an already deplorable practice. They brutally tortured three Navajo men and after torturing them, the teens murdered their victims in the empty canyon land surrounding Farmington, New Mexico. Although these young men were arrested and prosecuted, they were only sentenced to 2 years in juvenile detention.
This documentary is about finding and talking to the perpetrators who participated in such a crime, but also about exploring and analyzing the kind of environment that could foster such a practice in the first place. The final goal of the film is to see how this event, and its conclusion, shaped the area for the decades to come.
We have been given access to the case reports, files, and images involved in each separate homicide, due to the generous and hard working efforts of the San Juan County Sheriff's Department.
Directed and Produced by Colten Ashley
Colten Ashley is a writer, director, producer and founder of Open Circle Pictures. He is also a continuing student in the Brigham Young University film program. Colten is currently based out of Provo, UT but grew up in the Four Corners region, primarily in Farmington, NM and Window Rock, AZ. While Colten has worked on feature length projects, and directed various short films, this is his first feature length project as a director and producer. His short film concept "[Blank]-ophobe" won the BYU Student Film Association's FinalCut Grant in the fall of 2011 and his short script "On a High Arid Plain" won the 2013 Mayhew Writing Competition - short screenplay.
Produced by Davey Morrison Dillard
Davey Morrison Dillard is an independent writer, director, actor, producer, and editor based in Provo, UT. Davey is a graduate of the BYU film program, with an emphasis in screenwriting and critical studies. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length film, WWJD, as well as the writer and star of "Eugenie,"a short film produced for BYUtv. His documentary shorts, "Accordion Boy" and "Medicine Man," have played in the LDS Film Festival, the Sego Film Festival, and the Tell Your Story Film Festival.
Director of Photography - Eric Pasternak
Sound Designer - Jonathan Flint
Digital Imaging Technician - Brett Bird
Unit Production Manager/Post Production Supervisor - Jason Starr
Key Grip - Jonathan Clyde Ying
Gaffer - Casey Wilson
Craft Services - Lydia Ashley
Production Assistant - Ryan Cotten
Press Kit - Ariel Hamilton
We chose to present our project on Kickstarter because people have an opportunity to support projects they think are of good report and, we believe this is a story that people want told.
Another reason we wanted to put this project on Kickstarter is, there is the possibility of making above and beyond our target goal. While we do have a substantial amount as our target, it is not even 1/4 of our overall budget, even if we make our goal, we still have a steep up-hill battle. However, if our film were to be funded, by Kickstarter we could channel our efforts fully into the narrative and technical aspects of the story, and it would mean a great deal to us as filmmakers.
So please, even if we have reached our goal, keep sharing and donating if you like the project, help us make this important documentary for the world to see.
What the funds will work towards
The money from this Kickstarter campaign will go towards various production costs, but particularly, towards travel and lodging expenses. We need to travel and stay in New Mexico for an extended period of time while we shoot interviews. The funding will also allow us to shoot more interviews in Texas for a week without having to worry about lodging.
Risks and challenges
A risk that we face in this project is waiting until it is too late to talk to these subjects. We hope to move into production and shooting as soon as possible in order to get the necessary footage. We are uniquely suited to tell this story because of the insider's view to the area and its unique foibles. We are also suited to the challenge because of the crew's raw talent and with the ability to adapt without being beholden to hard and fast constraints of a studio.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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