Saturday, July 23, 2016

Texas Filmmaker Delves Into Native American Mass Killings

Tomorrow night at the MORE Church in Amarillo, Randall Derrick will debut his feature film Perjury of Time.

Shooting was completed last summer, but the tale at the center of the film dates back much further. To around 1450.

Perjury of Time revisits the apparent mass killing, in two separate incidents, of several dozen Native Americans. Derrick's narrative was inspired by the findings of an archaeological dig along the Fritch flood plain of the Canadian River. Complete and partial remains of 32 men, women and children were found at the so-called "Footprint site."

From the filmmaker's notes:

Locations for the shooting were Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Wildcat Bluff Nature Center in Amarillo, Texas and my studio in Amarillo as well.
The main elements of the story are mixed media which includes live action, animations, still imagery, several paintings and some pretty awesome score created by Matt Lemburg. It's a unique way to tell a story and certainly saves time and money when the budget's pretty small. I designed all the costumes and make-up, wrote the story and watched in amazement as everyone in the crew took on a sincere interest in the project.

Derrick has zeroed in on an historical episode for which there appears to be very little separate documentation. That is a rare feat in today's crowded world.

The project also speaks to his days as a history student at West Texas A&M University. Some of collaborator Lemburg's previous musical work can be sampled here.

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