Butte, Montana was a hard rock mining town that supplied the United States with much-needed copper, due to the electrification of the nation. The documentary created by Independent Lens of PBS shows the hardship the miners and their families encountered. The Independent Lens website has a multitude of interactive features that adds depth and increased understanding to the film. To find when and on what PBS station the film is playing, visitors can click the link "Check Local Listings". Under the "The Film" tab, three clips of the film are available, and under "The Making of " tab, visitors can find details the difficulties of the film crew in filming the underground mining tunnels. The filmmaker also addresses the challenges of working in 16mm film, and the painful decisions of what scenes to cut. "Related Links" can also be found at the bottom of "The Film" link and provides links to several articles on the town of Butte, as well as to the filmmaker's website.


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