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BRIAN PATRICK BIO

BURYING THE PAST: LEGACY OF THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE
88:00 TRT
Western Documentary-True Story
 
BRIAN F. PATRICK
Writer, Producer, Director
PATRICK FILM PRODUCTIONS
Park City, UT  84098
 
KEY ACTOR: JENNIFER M.VAN EENENAAM
 
Filmmaker seeks to heal wounds from 1857 massacre.
One hundred and forty-five years after Utah Mormons massacred an immigrant wagon train of 120 men, women, and children from Arkansas, descendants from both sides of this tragedy struggle to deal with prolems of religious intolerance, vengeance, and forgiveness.
 

SYNOPSIS
 
The Mountain Meadows Massacre took place on September 11, 1857 about 40 miles southwest of Cedar City, Utah. 
 
One of the worst massacres in American history: a wagontrain of 120 men, women and children from Arkansas headed for California were slaughtered by local Mormon settlers.
 
This little-known story of one of the most horrible crimes in the history of the American West is told through the actual testimony of a four year old girl who survived, interviews with historians and descendants of the 17 children whose lives were spared, re-enactments of the wagontrain battle and massacre, visits to eccentric family reunions, anthropologists with bullet hole riddled skulls, all structured around a classic American funeral for 147 year old murder victims.
 
"Burying the Past" explores issues of forgiveness, reconciliation, and religious intolerance, including the responsiblity of the Mormon Church.

DIRECTOR BIO
 
BRIAN PATRICK holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio University School of Film. He has been directing films and videos, specializing in documentary, for over 30 years, several of which have won major festival awards and three which have seen national television distribution.
 
Professor Patrick has taught film/video production at 5 universities, including the University of Utah, for over 25 years.