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”

Moundsville DVDs Now For Sale!

After releasing Moundsville online, and screening the movie at theaters throughout the region, we’re issuing a limited edition DVD. The price is $15. If you’re interested in buying a few for reselling, message us on the contact form. The DVD comes in very nice box and includes the movie and some bonus material. You canContinue reading “Moundsville DVDs Now For Sale!”

Moundsville To Screen at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD March 14

(PRESS RELEASE) Emmitsburg, MD—Mount St. Mary’s is showing Moundsville, co-directed by John W. Miller (C’99). The movie will be shown on Thursday, March 14 in Laughlin Auditorium in the Coad Science Building at 7:00 pm. Filmmakers John W. Miller and David Bernabo will take questions after the 75-minute movie. Admission is free and open toContinue reading “Moundsville To Screen at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD March 14”

When Americans Took to the Rails to Find Work, Inspiring Books and Songs; Some Vets Became Hoboes to Cope with PTSD.

From the spread of railroads in the 1870s until the suburbanization of American life in the 1960s, millions of Americans took to the rails. Although boxcar life acquired a romantic whiff of freedom, it was a difficult, dangerous life, and illegally riding train cars had a practical purpose: Most hoboes were itinerant workers, traveling untilContinue reading “When Americans Took to the Rails to Find Work, Inspiring Books and Songs; Some Vets Became Hoboes to Cope with PTSD.”

Moundsville Mayor Phil Remke on Trump, Traffic and Where He Gets News, and other things not in our doc (We also talked about our doc)

Phil Remke, who turns 65 this month, became mayor of Moundsville in December. Phil has an important role in the film, and is a representative small-town citizen– and Republican. He’s spent almost his whole life in the town, running a furniture store and medical supply business, and managing tourism at the shuttered state penitentiary. HeContinue reading “Moundsville Mayor Phil Remke on Trump, Traffic and Where He Gets News, and other things not in our doc (We also talked about our doc)”

Meet the Fokker: Making Airplanes in 1920s West Virginia

There’s only a brief reference to the Fokker aircraft company in Moundsville, so I wanted to tell a full version of its story: In the 1920s, as fledgling passenger transport firms raced to connect towns all over the world by propeller, one of aviation’s most famous pioneers came to northern West Virginia to make airplanes.Continue reading “Meet the Fokker: Making Airplanes in 1920s West Virginia”