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MIPCOM Picks:The Hunt for the Texas 7

Good drama makes for good docs, and The Hunt for the Texas 7 has lots of it. The film details the escape, and subsequent recapture, of a group of hardened criminals who would go on to become America's most wanted.
October 7, 2008


Good drama makes for good docs, and The Hunt for the Texas 7 has lots of it.
The film details the escape, and subsequent recapture, of a group of hardened criminals who would go on to become America’s most wanted. When authorities discovered the note they left behind – ‘You haven’t heard the last of us’ – they likely thought it was empty bluster. But once free of the maximum security prison that held them, the seven unleashed an unprecedented crime spree. In fact, the ‘Texas 7′ terrorized Governor Bush’s state with violent armed robberies and other misdeeds, until their eventual murder of a police officer finally kicked off the largest manhunt in Texas history.
With interviews with the victims, authorities and the criminals themselves, Texas 7 pulls you in the way only a good crime story can. Partners: Wild Dream Films (Cardiff), distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)
Wrapped: April 2008
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding UK and Ireland

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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