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The Story


Based on True Events

Punk rocker turned Park Ranger Nicole Armstrong is hired by a disgraced motocross champ to help him find the legendary Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. They get caught in a deadly love triangle with the deputy sheriff - making them question what's supernatural, and what's psychological.  (Drama/Horror/Mystery)

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The Story


Based on True Events

Punk rocker turned Park Ranger Nicole Armstrong is hired by a disgraced motocross champ to help him find the legendary Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. They get caught in a deadly love triangle with the deputy sheriff - making them question what's supernatural, and what's psychological.  (Drama/Horror/Mystery)

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Cursed gold


Many believe that one of the richest veins of gold in North America lies in the heart of Superstition Mountains just east of Phoenix, AZ.

The land is also home to the Apache Thunder God, and some Apaches believe there is a hole within the land that leads to the underworld.

Over the decades, there have been countless attempts to find and claim the mysterious gold, marking it the 'Holy Grail' of lost mines.  Reports of equipment suddenly failing, unsolved murders, and visions of ghosts are common, and the land is widely believed to be cursed.

Cursed gold


Many believe that one of the richest veins of gold in North America lies in the heart of Superstition Mountains just east of Phoenix, AZ.

The land is also home to the Apache Thunder God, and some Apaches believe there is a hole within the land that leads to the underworld.

Over the decades, there have been countless attempts to find and claim the mysterious gold, marking it the 'Holy Grail' of lost mines.  Reports of equipment suddenly failing, unsolved murders, and visions of ghosts are common, and the land is widely believed to be cursed.

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The Lost Dutchman's Gold


The Lost Dutchman's Gold


The Lost Dutchman's is perhaps the most famous lost mine in American history.  As of 1977, the Lost Dutchman's story had been printed or cited at least six times more often than two other fairly well-known tales, the story of Captain Kidd's lost treasure, and the story of the Lost Pegleg mine in California. People have been seeking the Lost Dutchman's mine since at least 1892, according to one estimate, 8,000 people annually made some effort to locate the Lost Dutchman's mine. Former Arizona Attorney General Bob Corbin is among those who have looked for the mine. Others have argued the existence of the mine has little or no basis in fact. 

According to many versions of the tale, the mine is either cursed, or protected by enigmatic guardians who wish to keep the mine's location a secret.

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The characters


The characters


NICOLE ARMSTRONG (late 20’s) punk rocker turned park ranger. A girl who clipped her own wings... and is starting to resent it.

MIKE BRUCE (30’s) A well dressed, bad boy lady killer. Ex-motocross champion, ex-lover of Nicole. Personal motto? Ball til you fall.

BEAU LEWIS (30’s) Apache-born cowboy Deputy and soon to be fiancé of Nicole. Ruled by facts and logic, he somewhat resents his background and is sure of one thing – Nicole.

JOHN ARMSTRONG (50’s) a tough guy with a good heart. After losing his wife of 25 years, he will do anything for their daughter, Nicole. Even if that means losing his home.

TUCKER MILLS (late 30’s) boy scout generational cop and Beau’s partner. God, family and country are the center of his universe, next to his partner, Beau.

CHAYTON LEWIS (late 30’s) Beau’s older brother, as spiritual as he is athletic, he finds passion with his craft as a silversmith and as a burgeoning Shaman.

FLYING EAGLE (70’s) master Shaman with the kind of humor that comes with a long life and grandfather to Beau and Chayton. Feisty yet kind-hearted, this old coot just might have a few surprises.

THE LOST DUTCHMAN AND KEN-TEE: German prospector Jacob Waltz who married Apache maiden, Ken-Tee.  Ken-Tee showed her husband where the lost gold mine was hidden on Apache holy ground - and they both paid the ultimate price.

DAVID BRUCE: Mike Bruce's uncle who meets a gruesome fate - but what could turn this happy, healthy CEO of his own company into a raving mad man..?

 

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Producer's Statement


Growing up in Phoenix, AZ, I was always drawn to the Superstition Mountains, known to me since childhood as, “The Supers.” I jumped at every chance to head down the Apache Trail, go through Tortilla Flats and on deeper into Fish Creek.  With every adventure, I was even more powerfully drawn to the mystery and the danger that are inherent in the land.

“The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” is the true story of a man named Jacob Waltz that married an Apache maiden named Ken-Tee, who showed the hidden mine to her husband, and was brutally murdered for revealing the location of the Apache Thunder God’s home.  Waltz became increasingly reclusive, ever in danger of assassination for his riches. He eventually hid the entrance to the mine, and died leaving the treasure’s whereabouts a mystery.

Regardless of belief, secret treasures and dark deeds add a thrill to any hike.  To this day, the energy of obsessed prospectors, greedy cutthroats, and Native magic permeates the land – leading many to claims of phantom miners and plans to strike it rich.

-Blake West

Producer's Statement


Growing up in Phoenix, AZ, I was always drawn to the Superstition Mountains, known to me since childhood as, “The Supers.” I jumped at every chance to head down the Apache Trail, go through Tortilla Flats and on deeper into Fish Creek.  With every adventure, I was even more powerfully drawn to the mystery and the danger that are inherent in the land.

“The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” is the true story of a man named Jacob Waltz that married an Apache maiden named Ken-Tee, who showed the hidden mine to her husband, and was brutally murdered for revealing the location of the Apache Thunder God’s home.  Waltz became increasingly reclusive, ever in danger of assassination for his riches. He eventually hid the entrance to the mine, and died leaving the treasure’s whereabouts a mystery.

Regardless of belief, secret treasures and dark deeds add a thrill to any hike.  To this day, the energy of obsessed prospectors, greedy cutthroats, and Native magic permeates the land – leading many to claims of phantom miners and plans to strike it rich.

-Blake West

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The Team


The Team


Blake West

PRODUCEr / Co-creator

 Born in Arizona, I was raised on the country’s largest Native American reservation, The Navajo Nation.  My parents taught on the ‘rez,’ and constantly encouraged creativity.  My mother is a veteran photographer of 30+ years, and my father is a Smithsonian-recognized artist.


Starting my professional career in entertainment, first as an editor, shaped the way I direct to this day - with a clear vision of a project's needs before production begins. This lead me to work with such industry moguls as Marta Kauffman and Quentin Tarantino.  My work has earned a Grammy nomination, its place on the Oscar's short list, and a Telly Award for United Film House's first commercial production.  MTV recently bought the half hour scripted comedy I produced and directed, “La Woman."

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Todd King

Line Producer

Todd’s lengthy career began after graduating UCLA and CA State University Northridge when he became a development assistant at ITC productions, working on such films as "Secret Weapons" starring Geena Davis and Linda Hamilton. Todd climbed the ranks quickly to become a UPM on several films.

Todd moved forward again to Co-Producer, Line Producer and Executive Producer with credits such as “Late Last Night” starring Emilio Estevez, “Serious Moonlight” based on a screenplay by Adrienne Shelly and starring Meg Ryan, Kristen Bell, Justin Long and Timothy Hutton, the TIFF premiering, “It’s The Rage” starring Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, Anna Pacquin and Gary Sinise, the Sundance Film Festival premiering “Waitress”, “The Nines”, “Northfork”, “Taboo” and “Hell Ride” – which was executive produced by Quentin Tarantino for The Weinstein Company.

Todd’s recent credits include box office successes such as  “A Haunted House” and “A Haunted House 2”, and “Bad Ass”.

An avid marathon runner, King resides with his wife and  two young children in West Hills, California.

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Camille LaBry West

Writer / Producer

My goal is to facilitate harmonious evolution through compelling, inspiring, and thought-provoking content.

Raised by a family of creative entrepreneurs, long hours dedicated to transforming art into income seemed only natural for me. The first rule of thumb learned was to always work with the clients as a collaborative team - whether they are employers, fans, or both. Telling a compelling story within parameters is an adventure in evolution.


Born and raised in Austin, TX, I started my career as a Project Manager for #1 Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco. Establishing a full time, Entertainment-based presence in Los Angeles in 2003, I've found the perfect compliment to my abilities with United Film House.

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