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Charles B. Pierce

Knowledge Identifier: +Charles_B._Pierce


Charles B. Pierce

American film director, screenwriter, producer, set decorator, cinematographer and actor, and is considered one of the first independent filmmakers add

Category: Literature

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (42%), Arkansas (42%), California (16%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Arkansas, Clint Eastwood, California

Linked to: University Press of Mississippi, American Film Institute, The Globe and Mail, University of Arkansas




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Charles B. Pierce was born in 1938 add something


Pierce continued working in production jobs at television stations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas until 1969, when he moved to Texarkana, Arkansas, bought a 16 mm camera and started an advertising agency add something


Pierce launched his independent film career in the early 1970s, when he sought funding from L.W. Ledwell, the owner of Ledwell & Son Enterprises add something


Released in 1973, "The Legend of Boggy Creek" premiered at what was later called the Perot Theatre, where lines stretched around the block to see it add something


Pierce followed that film up with two Westerns released in 1976 add something


Pierce returned to the horror genre with the 1976 film "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", based on the true story of the Phantom Killer, an unidentified serial killer who murdered five people in Texarkana, Arkansas in 1946 add something


In the 1980s, to further his career as a filmmaker, Pierce moved to Carmel, California, where he met and befriended actor Clint Eastwood add something


Pierce continued directing films into the 1980s, when he wrote the story for the Clint Eastwood film "Sudden Impact" add something


In 1987, Pierce directed "Hawken's Breed", a Western film starring Peter Fonda as a drifter who meets and rescues a young Shawnee woman add something


In 1996, he directed "Renfroe's White Christmas", an adaptation of the classic children's book "Renfroe's Christmas" add something


Starting in 1997, he began production on his western film "Chasing the Wind" , a gritty epic about a mountain man add something


Around 2008, while developing the horror film "The Wild Man of the Navidad", directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks sought out Pierce, who they cited as a major influence on their work add something


In 2008, Pierce was honored at the Little Rock Film Festival, where festival producers screened a retrospective of his films, and presented him with a Lifetime Achievement award add something


Also that year, the festival's best film award was renamed in his honor to the Charles B. Pierce award for Best Film Made in Arkansas, In October 2009, the Arkansas Arts Council honored Pierce with the Judges' Special Recognition award at the Governor's Arts awards ceremony in Hot Springs, Arkansas add something

Charles B. Pierce died in 2010 add something


Pierce died of natural causes on March 5, 2010 at the Signature Care nursing home in Dover, Tennessee, where he had moved a few years earlier add something


On September 2, 2010, Pierce was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion in Little Rock add something