Mine 9 To Open In Theaters
New Martinsville native Ed Mensore’s Mine 9 creation is slated to hit several big screens next week. The film can be seen at the Highlands’ movie theater April 12-18, while folks can also catch a showing at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, located in Clarksburg, on Saturday, April 13.
The synopsis of “Mine 9,” according to mine9movie.com, states the following:
“Mining country in Appalachia has been declared The Devil’s Playground. A close-knit group of veteran miners, all friends and family, commence what would be a normal day’s work – except today a rookie, the son of one of our veterans and the god-son of the Section Leader, joins them, 18 year-old Ryan.
With ever-growing safety concerns at the mine, Zeke (Section Leader and long time coal mining veteran), struggles with the correct course of action, weighing on one hand the safety of his men, and on the other, the need to earn a steady wage in an economically depressed region.
Today, however, fate takes matters into its own hands when a huge methane explosion rips through the mine. Smoke engulfs the men, forcing them to rely on nothing more than, brains, brawn and faulty self-rescuers (oxygen tanks that afford them one hour of air).
Mine 9 is the story of the struggle for survival against all odds; men trapped in hell as the result of exploitation, greed and circumstance.”
“One thing I want to stress about this film is it isn’t based on any one particular mining incident or disaster. The idea behind the film came from my roots in West Virginia. I lived in Wetzel County, which had no mines but had plenty of miners,” said Mensore.
“I wanted to make a film that would show the struggles and dangers these men went through and the hard work they put in to raise their families.”
Mensore was educated at West Virginia University where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts, while studying Sports Management and Communications during the late 1990s. He enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000 and earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Video Production in 2002.
Prior to his latest film he had been the recipient of many honors and awards from the film industry. His production of “The Deposition” earned him Honorable Mention by the LA Art House Film Festival; Best Drama, Feature Film at the North Carolina Film Awards; and the Las Vegas International Film Festival Golden Ace Award. His major awards, to date, total over 18.
Further locations and times of Mine 9 showings can be found at at mine9movie.com.