Screening Moundsville at the Mount

Last night, we showed the movie (which you can rent for $3.99 here), at Mount Saint Mary’s in Emmitsburg, in Western Maryland, just south of Gettysburg. It’s where I attended college 1995-1999.  It was lovely to see former fellow students and professors who still teach there, and a thrill to present work almost exactly 20Continue reading “Screening Moundsville at the Mount”

Seeing Your Own Ohio/Michigan/Pennsylvania/Indiana/Illinois/New York/Wisconsin/Iowa Town in Moundsville, WV

The first time we screened a rough cut of Moundsville, for friends, my favorite reaction was from my pal (and neighbor) Matt, who grew up in a small town called Cresson, in central Pennsylvania. “I see Cresson in Moundsville,” he said. His reaction confirmed my sense that in West Virginia, we had found a wider story,Continue reading “Seeing Your Own Ohio/Michigan/Pennsylvania/Indiana/Illinois/New York/Wisconsin/Iowa Town in Moundsville, WV”

“Pick Yourself Up” – Lady Gaga’s West Virginia Roots and Her Grandma’s Inspiring Words That Helped Make a Star

Lady Gaga at premiere of “A Star is Born” in London, September 27, 2018. Courtesy of Wikimedia. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en One of the people who left the Moundsville, West Virginia area in the 1970s, part of a wave of postindustrial emigration described in our film Moundsville (which you can watch on PBS, or purchase on thisContinue reading ““Pick Yourself Up” – Lady Gaga’s West Virginia Roots and Her Grandma’s Inspiring Words That Helped Make a Star”

The Inspiring Story of the Stubborn West Virginia Glassmaker Who Lost His Job at Fostoria and Kept On Making Glass

One of the characters in our movie Moundsville (which you can watch here) is glassmaker Fred Wilkerson, Jr. (pictured above, on the right) who talks about his deep roots in the area and the closure of Fostoria, once one of the town’s main employers. The amazing backstory of how his small glass manufacturing firm got started didn’tContinue reading “The Inspiring Story of the Stubborn West Virginia Glassmaker Who Lost His Job at Fostoria and Kept On Making Glass”

What Would Barbara Tuchman Say?

Our panicky short-attention span era could use Barbara Tuchman. For younger readers, Tuchman (1912-1989) was, arguably, the 20thcentury’s greatest popular historian. Her books about World War One, the Middle Ages, Israel, China, and the American revolution were paperback staples on the bookshelves of people like my baby boomer parents. Tuchman won two Pulitzers. When IContinue reading “What Would Barbara Tuchman Say?”

Refuting the Stereotypes of Hillbilly Elegy With Poetry: A Review of Ryan Walsh’s Reckonings

  American’s national crisis hinges in part on how hard it is to accept this time of change. We want progress without pain, transformation without torpedoes, and turnover without stuff we like getting turned over. The resistance brakes support for turning the page, blinds us to what’s ahead, and makes us vulnerable to fantastic promises,Continue reading “Refuting the Stereotypes of Hillbilly Elegy With Poetry: A Review of Ryan Walsh’s Reckonings”

When Serial Murderer Charles Manson Tried to Move to Moundsville, WV

      In 1983, cult leader, musician and serial murderer Charles Manson was in California state prison when he wrote to the warden of the West Virginia state penitentiary in Moundsville, requesting a transfer there. This is one of the stories about the prison that paranormal collector Steve Hummel tells in our movie, MoundsvilleContinue reading “When Serial Murderer Charles Manson Tried to Move to Moundsville, WV”

USW To Screen Moundsville To Foster Better Dialogue on Politics, Economics

PRESS RELEASE United Steelworkers Local 3657 To Screen Moundsville To Foster Better Conversations About Politics, Economics Pittsburgh, PA– United Steelworkers Local 3657 will screen the documentary film Moundsville for its members, the international union’s technicians, auditors and administrative assistants, over two days, March 20 and 21, 2019 and host a conversation with co-directors John W. Miller and David Bernabo.Continue reading “USW To Screen Moundsville To Foster Better Dialogue on Politics, Economics”

Moundsville At Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, Sunday, March 17 at 4pm

(PRESS RELEASE) Pittsburgh, PA—Row House Cinema (4115 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 in Lawrenceville) will show Moundsville on Sunday, March 17 at 4 pm. Filmmakers John W. Miller and David Bernabo will make a short presentation before the 75-minute movie. Book tickets ($10) http://www.rowhousecinema.com See www.moundsville.org for trailer, info, and options to rent/buy. Moundsville, which has been shown in NewContinue reading “Moundsville At Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, Sunday, March 17 at 4pm”

A Reflection on Moundsville and Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows

I went to see Deborah and James Fallows last night at City of Asylum, a marvelous literary non-profit, restaurant, event space and bookstore on the North Side of Pittsburgh. While we were making Moundsville last year, I bought and read the Fallows’ book Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey Into The Heart of America. It’s the resultContinue reading “A Reflection on Moundsville and Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows”