West Texas Filmmaker Tells Little-Known Story of Panhandle History

Jul 21, 2016

Credit Randall Derrick

Texas Panhandle independent filmmaker Randall Derrick will be releasing a film this weekend in Amarillo. The movie examines a mysterious and little-known incident in Llano history.

Perjury of Time explores the true story of a double mass homicide that occurred along the Canadian River about 1450 AD. Archaeologists excavating in the Canadian River flood plain near Fritch discovered a Native American burial that contained the complete skeletons of twenty-one men, women and children. Eleven skulls without bodies were also uncovered.

The film was shot in several Panhandle locations, including Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, and Wildcat Bluff Nature Center in Amarillo. The movie employs mixed media to tell its story, including animation, live action, still imagery and paintings. Derrick designed all the costumes himself and did the makeup. He also wrote the story. “I watched in amazement as everyone in the crew took on a sincere interest in the project,” he said.

The film will debut at More Church in Amarillo on Sunday at 7 pm. Derrick’s studio is called “The Genius Coalition,” and you can watch a trailer for the film at his website, www.randallderrick.com.