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Address: 700 S. Green Valley Parkway, Payson, Arizona

Powers War

“POWER’S WAR” screening and meet the Filmmakers

Cameron Trejo Films announces the documentary film  “POWER’S WAR”
will be screened at the Payson Sawmill Theater
on Saturday September 12, 2015 at 11: 00 AM
201 W. Main Street, Payson, Arizona
One Showing Only.   Admission: $10.00

  “That dramatic gun battle in Kielberg Canyon was a story from which myths were woven.” Arizona Governor Jack Williams.

The award-winning documentary film Power’s War has screened to fourteen consecutive sell-out crowds and enthusiastic audiences at film festivals around the country. The film, narrated by John Slattery (best known for his work in Mad Men), tells of the deadliest gunfight in Arizona history, which did not take place on the streets of Tombstone during its wild territorial days, but rather in a remote canyon of the Galiuro Mountains if southeastern Arizona in 1918, long after the frontier had closed.The Graham County sheriff, his two deputies, and a federal marshal were trying to arrest John and Tom Power for draft evasion on a snowy Sunday morning at dawn. A gunfight broke out, and the three local lawmen were killed along with Jeff Power, father of the two draft resisters.

Controversy has dogged this story for almost a century. Were the lawmen ambushed that morning, or was the Power family ambushed by lawmen? Was the youngest member of the Power family, Ola May, murdered, or was her death accidental? Was this the last gunfight of the Old West, or was it part of a much larger battle between the rights of individuals and the growing power of the federal government? In his review of the film, historian and film critic Rick Bell says: “Trejo uses interviews, sweeping panoramas and the touch of a graphic novelist to tell the stories of the Power family and others who were affected by the events. Their tales are tragic, but they provide the perfect example of the western experience. It was not romantic. It was not good guys versus bad guys. It was people trying to survive in a harsh world while the rest of the world pushed its way in.

Power’s War" won Best Score, Best Documentary, and the Festival Grand Prize for Best Film at the Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas.

Following the screening, filmmakers Cameron Trejo and Heidi Osselaer will be at the RIM COUNTRY MUSEUM (Patio Area) at
700 S. Green Valley Parkway
at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions.

They may be joined by Don Dedera, author, Payson resident and one of the experts featured in the film; Arizona Historian Marshall Trimble; Eduardo Obregon Pagan, host of PBS’ History Detectives as well as other experts involved with the film.


The Non-Profit Northern Gila County Historical Society operates The Rim Country Museum and The Zane Grey Cabin, both located in Green Valley Park on West Main Street in Payson Arizona. We are an all volunteer organization so if you would like to help us support our efforts in preserving the history and culture of these two museums via a DONATION, please CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW. All donations are Tax Deductible.


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