SOURCE: Black Diamond Pictures

January 24, 2007 15:57 ET

Christopher Cain's "September Dawn," Starring Jon Voight and Terence Stamp, About 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, Opens Wide on May 4

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 -- Director Christopher Cain's "September Dawn," a new theatrical motion picture that is a fictional Romeo and Juliet relationship love story, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on May 4. It is set against the background of the controversial real-life massacre of 120 men, women and children traveling through Utah in the nineteenth century, The film, starring Academy Award® winner Jon Voight (as a fanatic Mormon Bishop), Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Terence Stamp (as Brigham Young), Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain, John Gries, Taylor Handley, Krisinda Cain and Shaun Johnston is being released through Black Diamond Pictures in association with Slowhand Cinema Releasing.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is known, occurred on September 11, 1857, and was the first known act of religious terrorism on U.S. soil. A group of Mormons, many disguised as Paiute Indians, slaughtered all but 17 small children on a wagon train on its way to California. One man, the adopted son of Mormon leader Brigham Young, was eventually executed for the crime -- 20 years after the event. The film is deemed controversial because it presents a point of view held strongly by hundreds of direct descendants of the massacre: that the iconic Brigham Young had complicity in the massacre, a view denied by the Mormon Church, even today.

Cain says he was drawn to the project because "it so closely resembles the religious fanaticism the world is seeing today. People were killed in the name of God 150 years ago and they're still being killed in the name of God."

Cain ("Young Guns") also co-wrote and produced "September Dawn." The film was produced by Scott Duthie and Kevin Matossian, and co-written by Carole Whang Schutter. Michael Feinberg, Patrick Imeson and Wendy Hill-Tout were executive producers. Handling U.S. and foreign distribution for "September Dawn" are Marty Zeidman and Peter Elson's Global Cinema, respectively. The film is MPAA rated "R" and has a running time of 110 minutes. The trailer and other information is available on the website,

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