Friday, October 05, 2012

UPDATED: Free screenings of film on Italian Hall tragedy to be Oct. 5, 6 in Calumet

[Editor's UPDATE: There will be two screenings of this film on Saturday, Oct. 6: at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre. We apologize for the error posted on Friday, Oct. 5.]

CALUMET --  Following numerous trips from New York City to Calumet, and spending several years in the editing room, filmmakers Louis Galdieri and Ken Ross are returning to Upper Michigan’s Copper Country to show their now-finished film, 1913 Massacre, in Calumet.

Inspired by the famed Woody Guthrie song of the same name, Galdieri and Ross capture the thoughts and feelings of the last living witnesses to the disaster, as well as those of descendants and Calumet residents at-large.

UPDATE: The film’s local premier will be held at the historic Calumet Theatre at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, Oct. 5, and at 2 p.m. AND AT 7 P.M. on Saturday, Oct. 6. A question and answer period, and an opportunity for open discussion with the filmmakers will follow each showing. The screenings are free and open to the public, courtesy of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.

The film follows singer / songwriter Arlo Guthrie to Calumet, a once-thriving copper mining community still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie’s ballad, "1913 Massacre." The film reconstructs Calumet’s past from individual memories, family legends and songs -- and traces the legacy of the tragedy to the present day.

"We’re really excited to be coming back to Calumet," said filmmaker Ken Ross. "“It’s a homecoming for the film, and we’re humbled by the opportunity to screen the film for the community it’s about."

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