Quick Holiday Round Up — 1913 in 2013

Calumet Ceremony

There was a ceremony in Calumet this past Tuesday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Italian Hall disaster, and all around the country there were news articles, blog posts, TV shows and radio programs about the trouble in Calumet on Christmas Eve, 1913.

Our film came in for some notice, too. Here are a few highlights:

There was, first of all, Bill Meyer’s remarkable review of the film, which I cited in a previous post, likening 1913 Massacre to Strange Fruit and Bill Moyers’ Amazing Grace.

Michele Bourdieu published a thoughtful piece based on an interview she did with us back in October, when we showed the film at Michigan Tech. Bourdieu includes video clips from the interview and deals with both the story we tell in 1913 Massacre and the filmmaking process.

Gabriel San Roman interviewed us and wrote a (widely shared) review for Truthout about the film, which he characterizes as “a vivid portrait of a people coming to terms with their past.”

Over at The Nation, Greg Mitchell published a piece about “Woody Guthrie’s Christmas Massacre”, in which he connects the film, and the posts on this site, with “current anti-labor moves in Michigan.”

2013 has been a big year for 1913 Massacre. Thanks for being part of it, and Happy New Year to all.

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