They Die By Dawn
dir. Jeymes Samuel, 2013, 51 min.
The Place: Langston, Oklahoma
The Time: 1890
Nat Love, Ben Hodges, Bill Pickett and Jim Beckwourth meet up in the saloon owned by the gun toting Stagecoach Mary.
A tense card game leads each man to reveal his hand – a bounty on each of their heads. A silent pact is made – they are to have a shootout, with the last man standing taking the collective bounty, $80,000.
They Die by Dawn is a film based on the true-life African American Cowboys of the old west. With an all star cast including Giancarlo Esposito, Michael K Williams, Nate Parker, Jesse Williams, Rosario Dawson, Isaiah Washington, Erykah Badu, Bokeem Woodbine and Harry Lennix, the film sets out to tell the story of a showdown between the real life characters.
(aka Deadwood Dick), Ben Hodges, Bill Pickett, Jim Beckwourth, Isom Dart, Bose
Ickard, the outlaw Rufus Buck and Sheriff Bass Reeves were all famous and
infamous cowboys whilst the strong and powerful Stagecoach Mary bore little
resemblance to Calamity Jane.
may have overlooked these people but we haven’t.
Also on the bill: The short films NOSTALGIA by Johnnie Hobbs III and UNDERGROUND KINGS by Skye Dennis.