Friday, April 28, 2017
video - 'American Standoff' director on Oregon occupation: 'We weren't trying to take a side'
"I was looking for an interesting documentary about where things were going in land management," says Turnbow, a senior producer for content for DirecTV and AT&T. In a phone call from his home base in Los Angeles, Turnbow says he'd long been interested in the topic of land disputes in the west. He was also hearing reports about right-wing extremism and anti-government movements. "We were talking to Cliven Bundy in the summer of 2015," Turnbow says, referring to the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay grazing fees led to an armed confrontation with government agents in 2014 on federal land near Bundy's ranch. When two of Bundy's sons, Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy, along with a group of armed protesters, took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January, 2016, "We were on the ground two days later, filming," Turnbow says. "American Standoff" begins by recounting events that led up to the occupation. Turnbow, who was also the cinematographer, pays particular attention to the case of Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven. The Harney County ranchers were convicted of arson for setting fires on federal land in 2001 and 2006. After initially being sentenced to serve lesser sentences, an appeals court ruled each of the Hammonds instead had to serve five-year mandatory minimum prison terms, with credit for time served. The Hammonds' case became a rallying point for members of self-identified militia and patriot groups, some of whom joined Ammon and Ryan Bundy when they took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, about 30 miles south of Burns. "American Standoff" features a mix of digital content that was circulating online as the Oregon standoff was happening, along with interviews filmed by Turnbow and his small crew...more
American Standoff" premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4 on DirecTV, and can be streamed on DirecTVNow (if you don't already have DirecTV, you can sign up for a free trial to stream the documentary at directvnow.com/
Here is the trailer for the documentary