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”

People In Small Towns Like Moundsville Used to Go Watch Prison Baseball For Fun

One extraordinary thing about Moundsville’s old West Virginia state penitentiary, which closed in 1995, is how much it was integrated into the lives of residents. As Tracey Whorton describes in our movie, inmates would shout out their windows about her choice of flavor at a nearby ice cream parlor. Inmates worked excavating the mound acrossContinue reading “People In Small Towns Like Moundsville Used to Go Watch Prison Baseball For Fun”

‘Moundsville’ debuts in New York, Pittsburgh; returns to Moundsville

We spent last week touring the movie, and meeting new audiences. On Monday, we screened “Moundsville” at America Magazine headquarters in mid-town Manhattan. America is a thoughtful Catholic magazine, and it published a cover story on Moundsville last year. The magazine’s motto in “Pursuing the truth in love.” More and more, the movie has feltContinue reading “‘Moundsville’ debuts in New York, Pittsburgh; returns to Moundsville”

Press & Reviews

Fresh and valuable… The Moundsville film, by Miller and Bernabo, presents the results in a way different from most other documentaries I’ve seen… worth watching. — James Fallows, The Atlantic  Summarizes the core problem that many small cities and towns face in 21st century America. — Matt Stroud, Postindustrial This sort of entrepreneurial revival isContinue reading “Press & Reviews”

“Moundsville” to Screen at America Magazine in New York City

Although I discovered Moundsville on a reporting trip for the Wall Street Journal in 2013, and wrote a fun front-page story about a paranormal hot-dog stand, it wasn’t until 2018 that I tried to write something deeper about the town, and realized how rich a place it was. By that time, I had left theContinue reading ““Moundsville” to Screen at America Magazine in New York City”