SOURCE: Black Diamond Pictures

March 26, 2007 19:36 ET

Jon Voight in DC Filming New Movie; While in DC He Is Prepared to Discuss Relevance of Christopher Cain's 'September Dawn' That Stars Voight and Terence Stamp, About 1857 Mountain Meadows

Massacre; Film Opens Wide May 4

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 26, 2007 --Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight is in Washington, D.C. from March 27 through April 6 working on a new film and while here he is prepared to discuss before interested media and government officials today's relevance of his next theatrical release, Christopher Cain's "September Dawn." This new theatrical motion picture ("September Dawn") is set against the background of the controversial real-life massacre of 120 men, women and children traveling through Utah on September 11,1857. The film stars 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. The film, being released through Black Diamond Pictures in association with Slowhand Cinema Releasing, will open in 800 theaters on May 4, 2007.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre, as it is known, occurred 150 years ago 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. A fictional Romeo and Juliet relationship love story has been integrated into the film.

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." Voight shares the same opinion about the film's relevancy as Cain.

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 international distribution for "September Dawn" are Marty Zeidman and Peter Elson's Global Cinema Group, respectively. The film is MPAA rated "R" and has a running time of 111 minutes. The trailer and other information is available on the website,

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