5Q's w/Cameron Trejo "Power's War" Director

#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 140 characters?

POWER’S WAR is the story of one of the last great shootouts of the old west that came as a result of a silent protest to America’s entry into the first World War. 

#2: What do you want the Borrego FilmFestival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

The deadliest gunfight in Arizona did not take place on the streets of Tombstone during its wild territorial days, but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains on a snowy Sunday morning in 1918.  The manhunt following the shootout lasted twenty eight days and included nearly 2000 men on horseback, cars, and a military airplane before ending in Old Mexico.  Two of the survivors of the shootout spent forty years in the Arizona State Prison in Florence, one of the longest sentences served in that location even to this day.  The story is still very much alive today in 

#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

POWER’S WAR is director Cameron Trejo’s third feature documentary film.  Cameron is a commercial producer/cinematographer by trade and has been producing national commercial spots for eight years now.  He currently resides in Phoenix with his wife and five children.

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

POWER’S WAR  was a film that required three years to complete, including a grueling two years of research led by Arizona State University’s Heidi Osselaer.  The cabin where the deadly Power Shootout took place still stands today, and the production team made four eighteen mile round trips into the remote location to capture critical visuals that are in the film.  It was extremely important to Cameron that the film be historically accurate and not be engulfed in the folklore that often takes precedence over fact in old west tales.

#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

POWER’S WAR has screened to over 20 sold out theatrical screenings to date, each being followed by energetic discussions about the controversy that still surrounds this nearly century old tale.  Grand Jury Prize winner of the 2015 Anthem Film Festival (as well as best documentary and best score).  Best documentary winner at the 2015 Logan and Jerome Film Festivals,  Official selection of the 2015 Maryland International, Longleaf, and Longleaf film festivals.

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