September Dawn, will it be a mountain top or a valley? This Hollywood production is causing friction between the Christian and the Mormon communities.
From the highest mountain peaks to the lowest valleys; that’s the emotional roller coaster Carole Whang Schutter has been on since her early 20’s.
On the top -- being married to an extraordinarily wealthy businessman, living in a mansion in Hawaii, with a household staff of seven. On the bottom -- being plunged into sadness and despair by her husband’s suicide. Is Carole once again climbing to the top of the mountain? Or will she plunge to the bottom of the valley?
Through a series of unlikely events Carole has come to write the screenplay for what is becoming one of the most controversial Hollywood movies since Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ.
September Dawn is the historically based story of the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” an event that took place in the Mormon territory of Utah. On September 11, 1857 a wagon train of Christians was traveling through Utah, to California. Everyone on the train over the age of six was rounded up, separated into groups of men, women, and children, then shot.
Carole spent four years researching the historical data supporting the events leading up to, during, and after the attack. Though Carole is a Christian she can speak with perspective from both the Mormon, and Christian side. “It wasn’t written to bash the Mormon faith,” says Schutter. It’s an unlikely love story based on historical facts.
“I am very impressed. You are an exceptional writer. I also appreciate how well you honored the history of the event. You brought in a great deal of the historical record and you did it in a very relevant way.”
-- Wayne A. Capurro a descendent of Phillip Klingensmith ( Bishop of Cedar City, Utah and participant in the Mountain Meadow Massacre, Mr. Capurro has written his own book, White Flag/America's First 9/11