The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille, a documentary by Peter L. Brosnan and Daniel Coplan, has won the Best Film Award at the 2017 Archaeology Channel International Film Festival.
The festival, which took place at at the Shedd Institute in Eugene, Oregon, featured films on archaeology and cultural heritage. The Best Film by Jury award went to The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille.
Peter Brosnan’s film shows his thirty-year struggle to prove the existence of a “Lost City,” beneath the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in Central California. Did Cecil B. DeMille really bury the movie set he’d built in 1923 for his silent version of The Ten Commandments? Thus, a tall tale overheard in a California canteen leads to the first archaeological excavation of a movie set in history.
The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille is presented by Cecilia de Mille Presley. It was directed by Peter L. Brosnan; executive produced by Francesca Silva; and it was co-produced and distributed by Peter L. Brosnan and Daniel J. Coplan.