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Claustrophobic Thriller ‘Mine 9’ Debuts On Netflix As Country Hunkers Down To Fight COVID-19

By Staff | Apr 15, 2020

Eddie Mensore

Claustrophobic survival thriller MINE 9, one of the best-reviewed independent films of the past year is available to NETFLIX subscribers in this U.S.A. and around the world beginning April 6.

The heart-stopping story of tragedy, terror, and survival follows nine Appalachian coal miners trapped two miles underground after a methane explosion. With only an hour’s supply of oxygen, the race is on to escape alive.

One of the film’s stars Kevin Sizemore (Woodlawn, Chicago Fire, Fear The Walking Dead, Timeless) plays Daniel, a blue-collar coal miner much like the ones he grew up around in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia. Sizemore says, “It’s appropriate that MINE 9 is being released on NETFLIX now when most Americans are sheltered-at-home and more cognizant than ever about the dangerous sacrifices essential workers are making for the rest of us”.

“In times like we’re all living through now, we see just how important our grocery store and restaurant workers, truck drivers, medical and emergency services personnel are to the fabric of this country. Back in Appalachia where I grew up, coal mining towns are filled with brave men and women just like that who risk their lives every day just to put food on their families’ tables, because those are the only decent jobs to be had. Everyone knows the risk, everyone knows the danger, and everyone hopes their loved ones come home alive.”

MINE 9 cast member Clint James, who is currently sheltered-in-place in New York, the U.S. city hit hardest by the pandemic, agrees. James, who plays John, a rugged miner with a checkered past in MINE 9, says “Coal mining is a dangerous business and I’ve learned to appreciate the folks that still do that job and others like it. I’m hoping folks will stay home, stay safe and Netflix-and-chill with MINE 9; it will give you an up-close look at just how real and dangerous it can be when safety concerns are ignored, and warnings fall on deaf ears. I’d say it’s pretty damn appropriate for what we’re going through right now.”

The award-winning movie from director/producer Eddie Mensore received excellent reviews from Variety, the Los Angeles Times, RogerEbert.com, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the National Post, the San Jose Mercury News, RottenTomatoes.com and many others.

MINE 9 is also available on DVD and Blu-ray at Walmart.com, Target.com, and Amazon.com and many other leading digital platforms including Amazon, InDemand, iTunes, GooglePlay and more. It was released by 123 Go Films and distributed by Alliance/Distribution Solutions.

Editors Note – Eddie Mensore grew up in New Martinsville, West Virginia, where he attended Magnolia High School. He was a star member of the Magnolia Blue Eagles baseball team and played for Coach Dave Cisar. After high school he atended college for a while and then followed his dream of movie making to California.

After a brief stay there he moved to Georgia where he earned a MFA in Film/Video production from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mine 9 opened on 25 screens in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, and Tennessee on April 12, 2019, expanding into Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, the following weekend, then finally nationwide. The movie was picked up by Raven Banner Entertainment for foreign distribution. It premiered at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA, March 2019, winning Best Feature Film, Drama.

Mensore works as a screenwriter, development producer, music video director, and live event producer, and is a veteran filmmaker and founder of EMPHATIC films.

In 2011, Mensore completed his first feature film, The Deposition, playing in over thirty international film festivals, winning numerous awards. It was distributed in 2012 by Vanguard Cinema.

The plot line of Mine 9 contains familiar elements from the three most recent high profile mine disasters in West Virginia; Upper Big Branch, Aracoma, and Sago. Mensore said the fiilm is not based on one particular mine disaster. He added it is more related to the everyday dangers and hard work miners experience to put food on the table and provide for their families.