CHARLOTTE DAILY OBSERVER – AUGUST 13, 1904
MEN DIED LIKE RATS IN TRAP
“All the facts attainable in the frightful catastrophe yesterday... at the Barringer mine were given out this afternoon… there was a waterspout… eight men… had been at work but a short time when the water rushed into the place at an estimated rate of 100,000,000 gallons in five minutes.”
In the moments before the tragic flood, miners trudged deep into the Earth, working to clean the mine before its reopening. The new owners believed that the Carolina Gold Rush, America’s very first gold rush, could be reignited once the mine was back in working order. However, the flood permanently shut down the Barringer Gold Mine and signaled the end of all gold mining operations in North Carolina. For those who did not survive the tragedy, these last moments of life not only provide a glimpse into the collapse of the Carolina Gold Rush but also the turbulent state of human affairs in the American south.
Unfortunately, after the flood the real Barringer Gold Mine fell into disrepair and is unable to be used for the production of this film. However, the Carolina Gold Rush created hundreds of local mines – several that still exist as historical sites. Shooting has already been scheduled and approved at one of these historic gold mines near the Charlotte area.
CAST & CREW
We’ve assembled an incredible cast and crew to collaborate on this film – many of whom work professionally in the commercial film and television industry here in Charlotte. Everyone working on this project believes this is an opportunity to create something extraordinary together. In a region not known for preserving its history, we are excited to tell a great story that also commemorates an important moment in the history of our local community.
Risks and challenges
There are certain challenges and risks with every film, especially ones set in the past. The weather could not cooperate, technology can malfunction, sets and costumes can fall apart. However, the team working on this short film has experience in dealing with such challenges. The best way to avoid risks that could postpone the film's completion is with a good plan that is well communicated to the team.
For problems that can't be ironed out ahead of time, our production team has come up with contingencies for every aspect of their responsibilities. At the end of the day, when the camera is rolling, our team knows what the writer of 'Apocalypse Now,' John Milius, once said: "Pain is temporary, film is forever!"Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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