The Searchers - Festival Cut
Winner of the Orson Welles Prize at the Tiburon Int'l Film Festival.
Fourteen years in the making, the film uses never before seen interviews, archival footage, and recently declassified documents to chronicle the past and present of these ordinary citizens and their contributions to revealing the truth about the crime of the 20th century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Former U.S. House Photo Analyst and consultant on Oliver Stone's JFK called The Searchers, "One of the Most Important Films Ever Made on the Case."
Suffering ridicule and being labeled with the intellectual scarlet letter of "conspiracy theorists", these individuals have challenged the institutions of power for over 50 years. They have fought against great odds to, as they often proclaim, "take back our history"!
Randolph Benson's work has garnered numerous awards, most notably an Academy Award for Best Student Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Awards. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. He has been an instructor of film and video at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for over a decade, and he serves on Award Juries at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC, USA) and the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival (London, UK).
Randolph Benson, Director/Producer
P.O. Box 25506, Durham, NC 27702
26th Student Academy Awards
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
IFC2000 Student Film Competition
CINE Golden Eagle Awards
Great Plains Int’l Film Festival
No Dance Film & Multimedia Festival
Columbus Int’l Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (NC, USA)
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Ark, USA)
Brussels Int'l Film Festival (Belgium)
Guanajuato Int'l Film Festival (Mexico)
Dhaka Int'l Film Festival (Bangladesh)
Nantucket Int'l Film Festival (Mass, USA)
Bilbao Int'l Documentary Film Festival (Spain)
Shorts Int'l Film Festival (NYC, USA)
Tehran Int'l Film Festival (Iran)
Independent Film Channel
Canal Plus- France
Telewizka - Polska
SKS - South Korea
UNC-TV, NC Public Broadcasting