North American release poster
|Directed by||Pamela Roberts|
|Produced by||Pamela Roberts
|Written by||Eugene Corr
|Narrated by||Gabriel Byrne|
|Music by||Todd Boekelheide|
|Edited by||Jennifer Chinlund|
Rattlesnake Productions, Inc.
|Running time||67 minutes|
Butte, America is a 2008 documentary film about Butte, Montana's history as a copper mining town. It was created by Pamela Roberts, narrated by Gabriel Byrne, and includes a mix of first hand accounts and scholarly analysis from John T. Shea, Marie Cassidy, David Emmons, and Janet Finn. The movie focuses on developments in American labor and production during the "dawn" of the electrical age in the 1880s when copper was discovered in Butte. The mining activity brought an influx of immigrant workers and their families to the boom town that grew to be a "Western" metropolis of 45,000 people forming a Rocky Mountain city that with similarities to Pittsburgh in the East. Labor relations and the corporate operations of Anaconda Copper are also related.
- Cynthia Fuchs Independent Lens: Butte, America October 20, 2009 Pop Matters
- Doug Knoop 'Butte, America' documentary on PBS' 'Independent Lens' is a Tuesday TV pick October 20, 2009 Seattle Times
- Official website
- Butte, America at the Internet Movie Database
- Butte, America site for Independent Lens on PBS
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