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As a filmmaker Bil Richardson has produced feature films, documentaries, commercials and a 16 episode series for the History Channel.
He has appeared on numerous national TV shows including CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, American Pickers, Nat Geo’s Diggers, Discovery Networks’ Blood Feuds and the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.
His films have been used as teaching tools at such prestigious universities as UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Marquette, and are part of the U.S. Library of Congress holdings.
Bil has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, London Times and hundreds of other newspapers. He was a contributing author to the Random House book, The Appalachians, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and has published both fiction and non-fiction.
Professor Richardson has been featured as a speaker both nationally and internationally and his work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Among his many other creative ventures Bil has done covers for books, magazines and graphic novels.
This film tells the true story of the Feud and dispels many of the myths that have grown up around it. It includes interviews with leading Feud historians and descendants from both families. It is filled with vintage photographs and music that was popular during the Feud era. You willalso see beautiful footage of the rugged mountains and river valleys that were the setting for this world famous conflict.
If you are interested in the Hatfield McCoy Feud or American history this is a film you need to see. This is not only the tale of a clash between two colorful families but it is also a story of ordinatry people trying to cope with the aftermath of the Civil War and the upheavel caused by our antion's transition from an agrivultural society to an industrial power.
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This was the first film to tell the story of the West Virginia Mine Wars and put it into the greater context of U.S. history. These events are part of one of the most violent and difficult periods America has ever seen. It was a time when workers were sacrificing their lives in order to win many of the basic rights and freedoms that we take for granted today. The tensions from this conflict eventually exploded in the mountains of southern West Virginia in what is still the largest armed uprising in the U.S. since the Civil War.
By watching Mine Wars you will not only learn about fascinating events like the Matewan Massacre, Battle of Blair Mountain, March on Mingo and the Paint Creek Cabin Creek Strike but you will also see how the Industrial Revolution, Communist Revolution, WWI and terrorism impacted the struggle of American coal miners. It was a time when workers were being exploited at every hand and the nation had to decide whether the rights of individuals or the political power of rich industrialists would prevail. Caught in the middle of all these forces were the coal miners of West Virginia. Their decision to fight back made history and brought them face to face with the U.S. military.
This critically acclaimed film features over 800 early photographs, music from the Mine Wars era, interviews with leading historians and quotes from those who participated in the events. In addition, it also includes footage that was shot by Thomas Edison's production company. These are some of the earliest films ever made and they provide a unique view into this important period of American history that everyone should see.
Written, Directed and Produced by Professor Bil Richardson