MASSACRED FOR GOLD, an adaptation of R. Gregory Nokes's book of the same name, traces the first definitive account of a century-old unsolved crime.
In the 1800s, Chinese immigrants made a significant impact on the development of the American West. At one time numbering over 130,000, they helped build railroads, they farmed, and they mined for gold. However, the West also harbored a large anti-Chinese sentiment, capped by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which prohibited Chinese laborers from immigrating to America, but allowed those who were already here to stay. Following the Exclusion Act, Chinese immigrants all too often fell victim to horrible violence, the result of racism and greed. One such event, which for years was all but forgotten, is the May 1887 massacre of more than thirty miners in Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America.
MASSACRED FOR GOLD unearths evidence that points to a gang of seven rustlers and schoolboys, one only fifteen, as the killers. It is perhaps Hells Canyon’s greatest mystery, and it’s time to expose it.
Independent filmmakers Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson have completed two previous feature-length documentaries. BAD WRITING, their first film, was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "charming and smartly conceived." Their second film, CONFLUENCE, won the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Local Sightings Film Festival, and was called "compelling" and "soulful" by the Seattle Times.
Nigel Galt has been editing and sound designing films for over 30 years. Some of his credits include: EYES WIDE SHUT, FULL METAL JACKET, TRAINSPOTTING, AND SHALLOW GRAVE.
Director of Photography Ryan K Adams has been making films for 15 years. He studied classic experimental cinema at The Evergreen State College. Collaborations with experimental filmmaker Jon Behrens have shown worldwide and are distributed by Canyon Cinema.
Once hailed as "the King of Sundance" for having four films in the Festival all in one year, actor Robert Longstreet's credits include THE OREGONIAN, THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM, SEPTIEN, and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS.
Tim Hecker has been producing critically acclaimed, experimental music since 1996. The New York Times has described his work as "foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole." In 2011, he won a Juno Award for his sixth album, Ravedeath, 1972.
Director of Photography Ryan K Adams was also the DP on The Oregonian and William Never Married. He has been making films for 15 years.
CAST AND CREW
J Arthur Sunday
Ryan K Adams