Why are hundreds of migrants dying each year as they attempt to cross the border to America? “The Real Death Valley” takes a hard look into this tragedy, in which hopeful souls cross through one of the most unforgiving weather environments in America – the punishing terrain of Brooks County, Texas.
Produced by The Weather Channel and Telemundo, in collaboration with the Investigative Fund and Efran Films, this powerful investigative documentary examines this deeply controversial topic.
Emmy Award-winning producers, Solly Granatstein and Shawn Efran, produced "The Real Death Valley" for Weather Films, a digital documentary unit of weather.com. Weather Films is dedicated to investigating controversial issues where weather, public policy, and the environment collide. Since its launch in 2013,
Weather Films has garnered 30 industry awards, including Telly Awards, Digiday Media Awards, and Communicator Awards. In 2014, Weather Films was a four-time Webby Award honoree.
Produced by Solly Granatstein and Shawn Efran
Edited by Brandon Kieffer
Correspondent: John Carlos Frey
Executive Producers: Shawn Efran, Neil Katz, Greg Gilderman, Solly Granatstein, Marisa Venegas
Director of Photography: Lucian Read
Camera Operators: Oscar Lagos, Eric Jankstrom, Miguel Alvarez, Matthew Campanella
Investigative Reporter: Matthew Campanella
Editor, The Investigative Fund: Esther Kaplan
Researchers, The Investigative Fund: Leticia Miranda, Cecilia d'Anastasio
Associate Producers: Katie Wiggin, Kait Walsh
Production Assistant / Additional Camera: Kam Nield
Assistant Editor: Christine Herde
Graphics: Konrad & Paul
Translation: Katie Sugg, Melissa Diamond
Transcription: Diana Sailer, Rachel Fernandes
Coordinating Producer: Brady Leifer
Composer: Nathan Matthew David
Production Interns: Katrina Bartocillo, Cameron Trentalange