The New York Times has reported the making of a new movie on one of the most controversial events in Mormon history--the Mountain Meadows massacre. "With Only God Left as a Witness" (free subscription required) gives us quite a bit of detail about this upcoming film. Here is an excerpt:
In public relations terms, this is not the easiest time to have the words "Latter," "Day" and "Saints" anywhere close together in your name. And the going may get rougher after the filmmaker Christopher Cain finishes his new movie about one of the darkest moments in Mormon history, the Mountain Meadows massacre of 1857, in which 137 pioneers from Arkansas were killed in Utah by a raiding party whose ties to the Mormon church are still in dispute.
The film, "September Dawn," stars Jon Voight, Lolita Davidovich and Terence Stamp (Dean Cain, the director's son, makes a cameo appearance). Two newcomers, Trent Ford and Tamara Hope, play a frontier Romeo and Juliet in a romance played out against a drama of a mass murder that continues to engender controversy almost 150 years after the fact. Financed independently by September Dawn and Voice Pictures, it is currently being screened for distributors.
This movie and the inevitable debate which will result upon its release will lead to some interesting dialog with Mormons and others interested in their history. I look forward to it!