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Dead of Winter: The Donner Party

  • The Donner party in their wagons
  • The Donner party sitting in the forest
  • The Donner party walking in the snow

From the producers of “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party” is a 2-hour documentary that explores the Donner Party’s infamous journey. What starts out as a voyage to the West in pursuit of the American Dream quickly turns deadly for the Donner party after a series of bad decisions and severe weather. Trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this group of nearly 80 settlers fell prey to sub-zero temperatures, torrential rainfalls, extreme heat, and ten-foot snow drifts. Punishing storms trapped the party with nearly no food or shelter for 5 months in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Many died, some succumbed to cannibalism to survive, and others delved deeply into their faith while waiting to be rescued. “The Donner Party” explores this exciting journey through a hybrid of first-person narration, remarkable reenactments, expert interviews, CGI, and archival materials. The documentary special is produced by Thinkfactory Media (“Hatfields & McCoys” “The Hook Up” “White Lightning”), a full-service production company that creates award-winning, high-quality entertainment content.