Story of the St. Francis Dam Tragedy Now on Amazon
Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St Francis Dam, the first feature film to tell the tale of the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century, is now available on Amazon.
Irvine, California (PRUnderground) February 6th, 2019
The 1928 collapse of the St. Francis Dam in hills outside of Los Angeles, was the worst man-made disaster in 20th century America. For the first time, this tale is being told in a feature film. Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam, the award winning film by California based fllm maker Jesse Cash, is now available on Amazon Streaming and on Amazon United Kingdom.
Featuring newly-discovered film footage, not seen in over 90 years, Forgotten Tragedy explores the story of the dam, its construction and failure, the California Water Wars that necessitated larger and larger storage structures (including the ill-fated St. Francis), and the rise and fall of William Mulholland, a man whose name was synonymous with Los Angeles’s rise to modern city. In the years since the collapse, the tragedy has been all but forgotten on a state and national level. This film uses historic film footage, modern and archival interviews, and hundreds of photographs to tell the tale.
Funded little by little by filmmaker Cash, and the support of some generous crowdfunders, Forgotten Tragedy was truly a labor of love. Cash said, “I felt that this story simply had to be told. I couldn’t believe that no one knew about this tragic event How could the worst man-made disaster of the 20th century be forgotten? What started as a short film project of twenty minutes, grew and grew as one discovery led to the next. This is a story that deserves to be known, and I’ve done my very best to honor the story and the memories of those involved.” The film is the result of years of research, and the contributions of generous supporters who wished to see the film succeed. “I simply could not have made this film without the help of historians and organizations that have kept the story alive,” Cash said.
Coming off wins for Best Feature Documentary, Best Director, and Best Narration Writing at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, the film has been well-received by those in the communities surrounding the tragedy. “That is a wonderful affirmation. Those are the communites that have kept the story alive. I am pleased that they appreciate the film,” said Cash.
Forgotten Tragedy:The Story of the St. Francis Dam is currently available for rent and purchase on Amazon and Vimeo, and will be available on DVD later in February.
About Little Spark of Madness Films, LLC
Little Spark of Madness Films LLC, is a film company dedicated to bringing hidden stories to life through documentaries and short films. Focussing on shining a light on the forgotten aspects of our lives and history, Little Spark of Madness Films aims to work with up and coming talent, and to use creative storytelling techniques to bring these tales to the viewing public