EUREKA, NEVADA IS THE SUBJECT OF LUCIA MAURO’s NEW DOCUMENTARY HONORING ITS MULTI-ETHNIC COMMUNITIES DATING FROM EARLY MINING
Chicago writer-director Lucia Mauro announces production for her new documentary, The Loneliest Road, to take place in Eureka, Nevada July 7-11, 2021. The film was inspired by Fresno, Calif. author Silvio Manno’s 2016 book, Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigrants in Eureka, Nevada and the Fish Creek Massacre (University of Nevada Press), which chronicles the complex circumstances that led to the shooting of five Italian-immigrant charcoal burners, who were striking for better wages in 1879 on the burgeoning mining frontier.
“Silvio’s compelling book about the little-known Fish Creek Massacre piqued my interest in making this film,” says Mauro, who initially learned about Silvio’s work after reading an interview in We The Italians magazine. “And, as I delved deeper into the subject, I discovered the rich and multifaceted history of Eureka and its legacy community. In addition to being a re-creation of the road trip Silvio took from Fresno to Eureka, the documentary will speak to the larger immigrant experience in Eureka, from mining to present day.”
The filmmakers are pleased to announce that they have reached their first level of funding on GoFundMe, which focused on a June shooting schedule in Fresno to document Silvio Manno’s background, research and the Fish Creek Archives at California State University’s Madden Library. They have launched a special Eureka GoFundMe campaign to cover the cost of production in Eureka July 7-11, which encompasses two extra shooting days to provide the most comprehensive picture. The costs cover a portion of production fees for the writer-director, director of photography, sound recordist/drone operator; additional equipment rental; and travel. It is the producers' dream to officially premiere The Loneliest Road in Eureka and tour it throughout the Eureka community.
The title, The Loneliest Road, references US Highway 50 – dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America” – that Silvio took on several occasions from Fresno to Nevada during his 20-plus years of research of Eureka history and its community. Silvio is himself an immigrant, originally from Italy’s Calabria region, who spent a long career in bi-lingual (Spanish/English) education, as well as immigration history. The documentary will feature interviews with historians, scholars and descendants of both the Italian charcoal burners and the sheriff's posse in Nevada; the most significant monuments in Eureka (such as the Eureka Sentinel Museum, Opera House, County Courthouse, Sundown Lodge, Jackson House Hotel, Ruby Hill and more); together with footage of the Nevada frontier and historic photos. The film will include new research and information – specifically, an exploration of the original kilns and history of the multiethnic communities that built Eureka. It features an original score by the filmmakers’ long-time collaborator, Italian-born composer Enzo De Rosa, who will incorporate traditional Ticino music into his musical vision.
The Loneliest Road marks Lucia Mauro’s sixth film. She and her husband, producer Joe Orlandino, are the co-founders of In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit film production company, which creates and produces films about healing, resilience, human connection and historic figures/events. They share their films live and online with communities ranging from military veterans and cancer survivors to historians, educators, students, newly arrived immigrants, those experiencing need and more. Their goal for this film is to screen it in person and online in numerous venues for educational purposes. Those national venues include schools, universities, immigration and American West museums and historical societies, programs focused on early labor relations, mining, and more. It also will be available via streaming and DVDs, as well as entered into film festivals.
In My Brother’s Shoes, Inc. is an Illinois 501 (c)(3) non-profit film/media and educational organization (EIN#: 46-4606875) that raises funds for its films primarily through grant, foundation and private support. All funds raised are tax-deductible as allowed by law.