About The Movie

New Mexico filmmakers Sean Pilcher and Matt Wilson bring the true story of the disappearance of Col. Fountain to the screen for the first time. The story is straight out of the final years of New Mexico's Wild West days.

"AMONG THE DUST OF THIEVES" is a revealing historical western drama that focuses on the legendary U.S. district attorney from Mesilla, New Mexico. The story takes place in 1896 as Doña Ana County Sheriff Pat Garrett and District Attorney Col. Albert Fountain pursue a course of action designed to bring an end to the marauding cattle rustling that plagued many of the family ranchers throughout parts of Southern New Mexico. This led to his mysterious death and an investigation that continues to this day.

"AMONG THE DUST OF THIEVES" reintroduces Colonel Albert Jennings Fountain to a whole new generation. Fountain was a true renaissance man who lived in the wild west: he was a graduate of Columbia College in New York; A Union solder; an Indian fighter in the New Mexico Volunteers; a mercenary soldier and colonel in the Mexican army; a U.S. Property Commissioner; a U.S. Customs Collector and a collector for the Internal Revenue Service; a state senator and speaker pro-tempore in the Texas legislature; a lieutenant governor of Texas (ex-officio); a Mesilla lawyer who was, at one time, appointed by the court to be the attorney for Billy the Kid. Fountain was elected to the New Mexico Territorial Legislature; he was also a probate judge and deputy court clerk, assisted with the formation of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now New Mexico State University), a journalist who founded the Mesilla Valley Independent newspaper (printed in Spanish & English), and founder of the original Fountain Theatre company in Mesilla.

In the last years of Fountain's life, he acquired numerous political enemies as the Doña Ana County District Attorney. It was during this time that Fountain successfully prosecuted land-fraud cases and arrested and tried cattle rustlers as he worked to bring an end to lawlessness in the southernmost part of the New Mexico Territory, thus helping move New Mexico closer to statehood.

"AMONG THE DUST OF THIEVES" (2013, 43 minutes), produced by Col. Albert Fountain Productions, Sean Pilcher and Matt Wilson. Story by Sean Piltcher and Matt Wilson.