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'Mine 9' Pays Tribute to Director's Appalachian Upbringing



March 7, 2019 - Though nearly all of “Mine 9” was filmed in an Atlanta warehouse, director/screenwriter Eddie Mensore needed to ensure his movie about an Appalachian mining catastrophe was as reasonable as doable. To that finish, he spent a day and a half of the 15-day shoot with a skeleton crew in Virginia, filming precise coal miners at work, and his actors used actual coal mining gear.

But it surely took some film magic in post-production to convey what it’s like for miners trapped by an explosion, with simply an hour earlier than there’s no oxygen left. For that Mensore turned to his spouse, Anaitte Vaccaro, a visible results artist.

“She doesn’t like working within the film business,” Mensore says. “She did it for me.”

Mensore says he made the movie for all of the coal mining households he grew up with in West Virginia.

“My city wasn’t a coal mining city, however the surrounding cities had been,” he says, including that his two greatest pals had been from coal mining households. “You’re a part of it by default.”

The director says accidents just like the methane explosion in “Mine 9” occur each couple years in West Virginia, the place coal mining has been a long-term, if declining, a part of the economic system.

“It shakes our state,” Mensore says. “It occurs all too typically. I skilled that rising up.”

All of the characters in “Mine 9” are based mostly on folks Mensore grew up with. He says he supposed for Ryan, an 18-year-old who has simply began working within the mine on the day of the explosion, to assist audiences hook up with the miners’ expertise.

“These folks work two miles below the earth,” he provides. “That is Ryan’s first time below, and it’s the viewers’s first time below.”

Audiences will see “Mine 9” for the primary time on the Cinequest Movie and Creativity Pageant, the place it has its world premiere on March 8.

“To have it proven at Cinequest is actually having somebody say they imagine in you,” Mensore says, including that his movie is “one thing from my coronary heart to Appalachia. I would like it to serve the coal miners.”

“Mine 9” screens March Eight at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 7:05 p.m. at 3Below Theaters and Lounge,288 S. Second St., San Jose. The movie could have two extra screenings through the pageant.


The Cinequest Movie and Creativity Pageant runs by March 17 in downtown San Jose and Redwood Metropolis. For tickets and extra data, go to