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Pocahontas Virginia -Between Two Hills

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2nd Edition 2011 - (Extra Feature- This DVD includes a slideshow in addition to the movie with nearly one hundred behind the scenes and historical photographs.)

The film takes the viewer on a journey back to the beginning of coal mining in the Appalachians and the beginning of a new culture of people. It follows the loss of the primary employer in 1955 and continues through the struggles and celebrations of modern day. A Hundred Years Ago, Pocahontas was a thriving and jubilant town, complete with a lavish opera house. The streets bustled. The town sprung to life on the heel of the coal boom, fueled by men who spent their days in the darkness of the mines. Many were paid in scrip only redeemable at the Company Store.

Today, if you were to find yourself in the forgotten and dilapidated downtown of Pocahontas, you might feel like you were on the set of a movie, a film set in a ghost town long, long ago. You would stare up at once magnificent buildings that had just given up and collapsed right on top of themselves. And after spending some time here, talking to locals who would instantly recognize you as a tourist, eager to greet you, you would realize this little, crumbling town is amazing. According to the last census taken in 2000, Pocahontas is home to four hundred and forty one residents. A Virginia newspaper ran a story in June of '08 announcing the closing of Pocahontas' sole school. They closed the doors a year shy of its 100th anniversary and told the story in just five brief sentences.

The documentary began in part due to the overwhelming interest in a YouTube video produced by the same director in 2007. The video garnered nearly 100,000 views on the internet and has prompted hundreds of comments about the coal industry, the connection people have with the town and the common personal experiences people share about the area.

Through oral histories, the film profiles the history and culture of the people. It features historic landmarks, such as the 70 year old exhibition mine, the 1883 company store, the 125 year old cemetery, the 1895 Opera House and various churches and buildings throughout town. In addition to the interviews of area residents, there are interviews with college professors, a local congressman, and local leaders. Special thanks to musicians, Mayhem String Band and Jeff Williams who have lent their work to the production. The documentary also includes an original song written for the project by Betsy Ulmer, a Nashville song writer.

"Our hope is that people come away from watching and feel like we did when we first visited Pocahontas. The buildings are incredible, the history is fantastic, but neither compare to the real hidden treasures of the area, the stories of the people." Dan McCoig

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  • Directors: Dan McCoig
  • Producers: Janet Lockerby
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Crabapple Studio
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004PYDN9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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