Controversy Intensifies Between Christians and Mormons Over New Movie, September Dawn,

October 9, 2007

Released August 24
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 31 /Christian Newswire/ — September Dawn fires controversy not only between Christians and Mormons, but within the media. Catch phrases from media reviews such as “anti-Mormon,” “ham-fisted tale,” and “a distortion of history” have only fueled the flames.

The movie’s controversial screenplay, co-written by Carole Whang Schutter and Christopher Cain, is based on the true life story of a wagon train of Utah settlers who venture into Mormon territory and stop there at the wrong time. On September 11, 1857, in Mountain Meadows, more than 120 innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered because they were not Mormons.

According to Wayne Atilio Capurro, the great-great grandson of Philip Klingensmith, the Mormon Bishop of Cedar City, Utah, in 1857, his ancestor, portrayed by Jon Voight in the film, was a participant in the Mountain Meadows Massacre and one of three men assigned to deliver personally to Brigham Young the valuables taken from the murdered immigrants.

The controversy regarding Mountain Meadows Massacre began in 1857 and continues today following the airing of September Dawn:

“September Dawn presents a ham-fisted cautionary tale of religious fanaticism that would have been hooted out of even 19th-century theaters as melodrama of the most lurid kind…” –Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun

“The early reviews are in on September Dawn, the long-gestating drama set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre–and it’s a critical slaughter.” — Sean P. Means, movie critic, The Salt Lake Tribune

“The leadership of the LDS religion has a 150-year history of blaming the Indians, blaming the victims and scapegoating their members while denying all responsibility for a crime that disgraced humanity. They continue to do so in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.” –Wayne Atilio Capurro, ancestor of Mormon Bishop and author of White Flag

Carole Whang Schutter, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, began her writing career at age 54. She is a motivational speaker and has appeared on TV and radio shows. Her enduring interest in religion and passion for history led her to write September Dawn, her first screenplay, in collaboration with Director/Producer Christopher Cain.

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