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A film by Ken Ross and Louis V. Galdieri. 1913 Massacre follows singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie to the town of Calumet, a once-thriving mining town on Michigan's Upper Peninsula still haunted by the tragic events that inspired his father Woody Guthrie's ballad "1913 Massacre." On Christmas Eve, 1913, at a party for the children of striking copper miners, someone cried "Fire!" In the panic, 74 people were crushed to death, and 59 of the dead were children. There was no fire. The film captures the last living eyewitnesses of the 1913 tragedy, reconstructs Calumet's past from memories, legends, and songs, and traces the legacy of the Italian Hall disaster to the present day. Out of work, out of money, out of luck, the town struggles to survive while trying to live down its past. Color. 65 minutes. NTSC.