The making of the Long Branch Shootout

Movie Director Doc Durden and Producer M. Kameron Hawkins on location at Virginia City Union Brewery for the filming of Long Branch Saloon Shootout, a behind the scenes short film documentary.

How did this short film documentary come to be?

Well, it’s simple. Doc just finished on a film of his called Leland. He had some downtime since Leland was turned over to be finalized by an editor associate of Doc’s. Only a few have seen the final cut. I for one – M. Kameron Hawkins

When those gathering Doc’s belongings from my studio in Mound House, NV that Doc called his work center and studio was the last I have ever seen Doc’s tools of his trade. His home went into probate and may of his things were sent to his home and/or action. I was told. I don’t know. What I do know is my friend, business associate and film director had passed on and our adventures have come to a stop.

Doc had been talking about making a time period western call The Bound Hunter. He asked me to be in his movie after being in his movie Leland.

Doc and I have been talking about making some short films about time period events in the Wild West 1800’s. I told Doc about many events and did the research for these short films we could plan in doing. Filming mainly in Virginia City and throughout Nevada.

I said let’s make our short film about the Long Brach Saloon Shootout. That I have put some funds down on already. Doc said let’s do it, so we did. Doc, and I had a great time with this project. Doc, and I picked the location to enhance both my client the Virginia City Union Brewery and Doc’s local actors and team members. (Community First)

The Virginia City Union Brewery had just become a client of the Virginia City Insider magazine and was showcased on the cover of the July/September Volume 1 Number 2 2021 edition. Dawn one of the owners open the doors wide open for us to film all in one morning. – Thank you, Dawn.

“Since the filming of this short film documentary and The Bound Hunter back in August of 2021. Doc Durden has passed away in October of 2021, Doc will be missed by many.” M. Kameron Hawkins

The Bound Hunter never finished, and I don’t know what happen to Leland. I do know one thing about my great friend Doc, the Long Brach Saloon Shootout was made for my Hawkins for Nevada Foundation, Inc. 501 (c) (3) all Rights Received and paid in full. Damn I enjoyed our adventures with one another. My short film will never die…


Virginia City Insider magazine is a member of the Hawkins for Nevada Foundation, Inc. 501 (c) (3) media family.

Short Film Events has the listing of dates, times and locations to see the Long Brach Saloon Shootout.

Antique Western Gun Show run the Long Branch Saloon Shootout short film at their events.