Gale Anne Hurd Launches Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Mankiller’ Documentary

Gale Anne Hurd wants to make a movie about Wilma Mankiller — and she wants the public to help.

“The Walking Dead” exec producer is teaming up with director and producer Valerie Red-Horse to produce a documentary, “Mankiller,” celebrating the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

The documentary will be partially funded via Kickstarter.

“As producers, we have the skills necessary to develop the project from conception to screen,” Hurd said. “However, we come to Kickstarter not only as producers, but as people who love Wilma’s story and want it to be told as authentically and passionately as possible.”

She added, “If the financiers share your passion for the project and are dedicated to the same singular vision, this ensures the final film will retain its sense of honesty and artistic integrity. That’s why we have come to Kickstarter, to find the community of people who will fall in love with Wilma’s story, as we have, and who will be able to nurture this project into becoming something as inspiring as Wilma herself.”

Hurd hopes the documentary will bring more exposure to Mankiller, whose legacy remains largely unknown, despite being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

“Since Valerie and I first learned of Wilma Mankiller, we have been absolutely consumed by the desire to bring her story to life,” she said.

“Mankiller” has already received half its funding from Vision Maker Media for PBS, which has enabled the doc to shoot over 20 hours of interviews. The Kickstarter campaign, which launched Monday and will run 30 days, is aimed at raising the remaining funds to wrap production on the project.

For more info on “Mankiller’s” Kickstarter campaign, click HERE.

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