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International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA 90010-2207)
Joseph Angier (Project Director: January 2015 to present)

Lives in Vengeance: The True Story of the Searchers

Development of a 90-minute documentary about the making of the classic 1956 film, The Searchers, and the historical events that inspired it.

Lives in Vengeance is an epic American tale that spans two centuries and brings together two of America's most exciting historical eras: the golden age of Hollywood movie-making and the pioneer days of the western frontier that inspired so much of Hollywood's output. It's a documentary that will tell two interconnected stories that span 100 years of Western history. We start in 1950s Hollywood and chronicle the making of the movie classic The Searchers. The production of that film will be the lens to take us back to 19th-century Texas and the true-life stories that inspired it: the brutal kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker and the bloody Texas-Comanche wars that changed everything that came after. Our documentary will weave both stories together: the endless struggle to find the kidnapped Cynthia Ann Parker and the making of this iconic film.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Native American Studies; U.S. History

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2016 – 8/31/2017