DANIEL B. GIBSON: wordsmith
A Good Day to Die
When Worlds Collide
Two old enemies—the Comanche Quanah Parker and white buffalo hunter Billy Dixon—try to bury the hatchet decades after having faced off in the final great clash of the Southern Plains during the Battle of Adobe Walls—a true story.
In this historically accurate story, Indians led by the great QUANAH PARKER and American buffalo hunters epitomized by BILLY DIXON, clash in the bloody battle of Adobe Walls in the Texas Panhandle in 1874. Quanah was the son of a captured white woman and a Comanche chief. Dixon was a famed sharp shooter and hunter. They (OLD QUANAH and OLD BILLY) meet again 30 years later, uneasily, at a “wolf” hunt organized by PRESIDENT TEDDY ROOSEVELT in Oklahoma, and over the campfire that night Quanah and Billy tell the tale of the battle, and their lives.
It’s a story of incredible bravery by individuals on both sides of the battle, including heroics by Quanah and Billy (who pulls off one of the greatest long distance shots ever recorded); brutality by both parties; and the thunder of Sharps buffalo rifles, war whoops by 400 Indian warriors on horseback, smoke and dust. This conflict serves as the centerpiece of the film, leading us to the larger, strained relationships in the West following the Indian Wars.
Can these two men, Billy and Quanah—representatives of the Anglo American culture and Indian culture—come to terms with one another? What is left after the smoke clears and the blood drains into the rich plain’s soil?
The DARK ZONE
Your Garbage Can Kill You,
Where Your Darkest Fears Live
In 2025, a tour group battles radiation-mutated glowing insects and giant bats deep in the murky depths of Carlsbad Caverns; their best chances for survival rest on brilliant but conflicted scientist Robert Oppenheimer III, wrestling with his family’s nuclear legacy and a jaded nemesis pursuing him from above on the earth’s surface.
In 2025 a handful of people struggle to survive against radiation-mutated giant insects and bats, and their own innermost fears, weaknesses and shadow selves deep within the murky confines of Carlsbad Caverns—one of the world’s most extensive cave systems. The group’s best chances for survival hinges on a brilliant but distant scientist, Robert Oppenheimer, who must wrestle with the legacy of his great grandfather’s creation—atomic weapons—his own career choices, and his loss of will and remorse with the death of his wife and son by the monsters.
Opposing him is an old college chum gone to hell, Paul Janus, who fears Robert might dig out the evidence in the caverns of the radioactive waste leaking from the world’s oldest nuclear waste site, WIPP, some 45 miles away. Janus is a key field player in a cover-up perpetrated by WIPP contractors and certain government figures. Janus will go to any length to foil Robert’s return to the surface, using the chaos of the monsters’ emergence from below ground and their attack on regional cities as a screen to see the trapped party remains forever in “The Dark Zone,” those deep portions of caves where sunlight never reaches.