A former Confederate marauder tries to make a clean start on a Texas dirt farm with his wife and young daughter. He quickly learns that sometimes the past just won't stay buried.


Michael Butts


Scott Crain





Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaiah Stratton ... Sully
Scott Crain ... Lex
Todd Bush ... Cook
Katharine Franco ... Dolorosa
James J. Fuertes ... Major Keller
Loren Anthony ... Ninekiller
David Ditmore ... Col. Alford
Leslie Mills ... Kate
Lexi Janicek ... Goldie
Jordan Stephens Jordan Stephens ... Grady
Judy Jackson ... LeFay
Jesse Santoyo ... Chancho
Natalie Renee Long ... Rebecca
Graeme Buffenbarger ... Gabriel
William L. Moss Jr. ... Texas Ranger (as William Moss)


POTTER'S GROUND is a drama with a mystery at its center which tells the story of a team of Confederate marauders during the final days of the Civil War, who embark on a dangerous mission to unearth an ancient treasure. But fortune may come at a terrible price, as the men soon learn that some secrets are best kept buried. Written by Michael Butts

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Some secrets are best kept buried.


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A suprisingly funny, strange, pulpy Western done with style
16 June 2021 | by IronYokaiSee all my reviews

"Potter's Ground" is an odd beast: part Western, part Thriller, part Supernatural Adventure, this is the kind of film that can only be indie, because no big studio would know how to market the damn thing.

But, this frankensteining of various genres is what makes it interesting. In less capable hands, this genre-shift would be jarring. But because of the tight pace and cracking dialogue courtesy of director Michael Butts, Editor Josh Shreve, and writer (and co-star) Scott Crain, you, along with the band of outlaws you're following throughout the film, just kind of accept that weird things are afoot in the Wild West.

In this way, "Potter's Ground" reminds me quite a bit of John Carpenter's or Sam Raimi's early outings. Without the money for expensive set pieces (although the set pieces that ARE here are quite good, especially considering the budget), the focus is more on the characters and the dialogue.

The movie rarely stumbles (there's a dodgy effect at one point, but no worse than some of the stuff I've seen $500,000,000 movies try to get away with), and never falls flat. It's also refreshing to see the well-worn "outlaws hunt for treasure" trope flipped a little and given some new life.

Most of the cast and crew are either brand-new to feature filmmaking, or have very few credits to their names. This is a tad surprising given how strong this movie is.

Is this movie for everyone? No. The multi-genre approach can be off-putting if you're looking for a more straightforward Western, and the dialogue is designed more for sheer coolness and effect rather than realism. At the same time, this IS a movie about Aztec gold and ancient curses, so I'm really not sure why you would be watching in the first place if you wanted something along the lines of "Deadwood".

In short, I believe this film is the beginning of quite the career for its cast and crew. Only time will tell, but if they can do what they did with the shockingly low budget this film had, they'll knock it out of the park with something more substantial.

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1 June 2021 (USA) See more »

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Tennessee, USA See more »

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