Mensore’s ‘Mine 9’ Opens Today at Highlands in Triadelphia
WHEELING — New Martinsville native Eddie Mensore’s Mine 9 film is slated to hit several big screens this week. The film can be seen at the Highlands’ movie theater this week, April 12-18, while folks can also catch a showing at the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, located in Clarksburg, on Saturday, April 13.
From independent filmmaker Mensore comes the story of nine Appalachian coal miners trapped two miles underground after a methane explosion. With only a one-hour supply of oxygen, the race is on to escape alive.
This close-knit group of veteran coal miners begin what seems like a normal day of work, not knowing that danger was lurking below. As they descend into the earth, the rain pouring down several miles above them, they tease a new miner with tales of ghosts and scary stories about the mine. Little did they know that one of them could become the subject of new ghost stories told to new miners in years to come.
In Appalachia, coal mining towns are filled with brave men and women who risk their lives every day to put food on their families’ tables. Everyone knows the risk, everyone knows the danger, and everyone hopes their loved one comes home alive. Coal mining in Appalachia, dubbed The Devil’s Playground, is dangerous business and Mine 9 gives an up-close look at just how real and dangerous it can be when safety concerns are ignored and warnings fall on deaf ears.
Starring Terry Serpico as Zeke, Kevin Sizemore as Daniel, Mark Ashworth as Kenny, and including breakout performances from Clint James, Drew Starkey and Erin Elizabeth Burns, Mine 9 is sure to have viewers on the edge of their seats, hearts racing and caring about what happens to these men who risk their lives on a fairly regular basis.
Mine 9 opens on 25 screens in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee starting April 12. Mine 9 will expand to screens in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana, Utah and Pennsylvania beginning April 19, with a larger nationwide roll out to continue throughout April-May-June 2019.
“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 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.