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Texas Independent Film Takes a Look at Ex Daughter-Wife of David Koresh
Dani, stripper, pain killer addict, and ex-wife to David Koresh, has her life spiral out of control when she becomes romantically involved with a much younger guy.
By: Mutt Productions
Dani Garza is an ex-wife to David Koresh and a down on her luck day-shift dancer hooked on pain killers and having trouble making ends meet. When it appears that she’ll never get a night shift and the cash that comes with it, she decides to quit dancing and start up a power washing business. The only problem is she doesn’t have the money for it. The solution to her money problems comes when she meets a rich kid named Carson from the other side of the tracks who she thinks might be able to help her sell some prescription pain killers to raise the funds. Things don’t go as planned and she ends up falling for him. Things spiral out of control when Dani begins to blame family and friends for her problems and falls deeper and deeper into a destructive and dysfunctional relationship with Carson.
I wrote and directed Dani The Ranch Hand to show the seedier, dystopian side of Texas. I had been playing around with the idea of writing and directing a movie about the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff with the FBI in Waco, TX, but knew I wouldn't have the budget to stage that large of a production. I focused on writing a kind of "what if" script: What if one of David Koresh's ex-wives, one that was released from the compound and didn't die in the fire, what if she was now working as a stripper in San Antonio? How messed up would her life be? So I wrote the script and began pitching it as an Urban Cowboy meets Monster type of project. In San Antonio at the time no one had any interest in making a movie like that. The city was very much into films that promoted quaint family values with a PG rating. Through a producer who had expressed some interest in the project I met Aaron Lee Lopez of Mutt Productions. When he asked me what kind of movie it was, I told him it was a small, neighborhood-