The US Army Camel Experiment

Short overview of the 19th century military use of camels as pack animals in the US Southwest.

  • Douglas Baum
    Director
    Built To Last (A History of the Snyder Santa Fe Depot); Camel Men of Giza in Post-Revolution Egypt; Omar Mohamed and the Saddle Making Traditions of Merzouga; Why Not Camel Milk?; Salem and Emira of Arwaybayya; Habiba Organic Farm; Abdel Jawad, Camel Saddle Maker
  • Doug Baum
    Writer
    Built To Last (A History of the Snyder Santa Fe Depot); Camel Men of Giza in Post-Revolution Egypt; Omar Mohamed and the Saddle Making Traditions of Merzouga; Why Not Camel Milk?; Salem and Emira of Arwaybayya; Habiba Organic Farm; Abdel Jawad, Camel Saddle Maker
  • Doug Baum
    Producer
    Built To Last (A History of the Snyder Santa Fe Depot); Camel Men of Giza in Post-Revolution Egypt; Omar Mohamed and the Saddle Making Traditions of Merzouga; Why Not Camel Milk?; Salem and Emira of Arwaybayya; Habiba Organic Farm; Abdel Jawad, Camel Saddle Maker
  • Cody Mobley
    Key Cast
    "Lt. William H. Echols"
  • Carl Beery Moore
    Key Cast
    "Lt. Edward Beale"
  • John Morris
    Key Cast
    "Robert E. Lee"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    History
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Center for Big Bend Studies annual conference (first cut of film)
    Alpine, Texas
    United States
    November 2, 2013
  • Camel Conference at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (second cut of film)
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 9, 2015
  • ISOCARD Conference (second cut of film)
    Almaty
    Kazakhstan
    June 10, 2015
Director Biography - Douglas Baum

Douglas Baum is an independent documentary filmmaker from Texas. Past projects have been commissioned by the Texas Plains Trail and the Scurry County Historical Commission. He's also produced mini-documentary films about the plight of camel men in post-revolution Egypt, camel milk, camel saddle making traditions in Morocco, and a Bedouin family in the Sinai desert.

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Director Statement

Visual storytelling is simply an extension of my passion for people, their stories, and how their stories impact others.