Dead of Winter: The Donner Party

Dead of Winter: The Donner Party (2015)

How far would you go to keep your family safe?


What starts out as a voyage to the West in pursuit of the American Dream quickly turns deadly for the Donner party after a series of bad decisions and severe weather. Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this group of nearly 80 settlers fell prey to sub-zero temperatures, torrential rainfalls, extreme heat, and ten-foot snow drifts. Punishing storms trapped the party with nearly no food or shelter for 5 months in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Many died, some succumbed to cannibalism to survive, and others delved deeply into their faith while waiting to be rescued. “The Donner Party” explores this exciting journey through a hybrid of first-person narration, remarkable reenactments, expert interviews, CGI, and archival materials.

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Art Narbeh Nazarian Production Design
Production Fern Champion Casting
Production Leslie Greif Executive Producer
Production Joanne Rubino Production Executive
Crew Clint Lealos Cinematography
Production Raymond Bridgers Executive Producer
Writing Raymond Bridgers Writer
Costume & Make-Up Jennifer M. Quinteros Makeup Department Head
Directing Doug Glover Director
Production Adam Reed Executive Producer
Production Adam Freeman Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Lauren Oppelt Costume Design
Production John C. Joseph Executive Producer
Production Laura Decludt Producer
Production Ayelet Bick Production Manager
Production Lauren Frasca Executive Producer
Production Ben Kahn Producer
Directing Ben Kahn First Assistant Director
Production Mayen Ma Supervising Producer
Production Erika Wadler Development Manager
Art Bernadette Stewart Set Decoration
Production Sterling Frymer Unit Production Manager
Production John Kalning Production Supervisor
Directing Josh Brandli Second Assistant Director
Sound Laurence A. Ellis Supervising Sound Editor