From The Earth – A Tribute to the Slate Belt Heritage and Culture

“From The Earth – A Tribute to the Slate Belt Heritage and Culture” is a retelling of the American immigrant experience; a diary of life in the small, post-industrial region of the Slate Belt and an elegy to a dying slate industry. The film tells this story through interviews with historians, retired slate workers, archival footage, and historic photos. Through public projects, the residents find a way to acknowledge the indelible imprint slate has made on their culture. They also find a potential way forward by reaffirming their identity as they celebrate their culture.

  • Lois Silver
  • Lois Silver and James Gloria
  • James Gloria, Totts Gap Arts Institute
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    11 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Greater Lehigh Valley Film Festival
    United States
    July 27, 2017
  • Southside Film Festival
    South Bethlehem, PA
    United States
    July 27, 2017
Director Biography - Lois Silver

Lois Silver holds a Master’s Degree from NYU. She has worked professionally in video production for over 15 years. She is an award-winning producer and has worked in all aspects of production from script development, directing, shooting and editing. Her educational videos are sold nationally and are used in curriculums throughout NY State. Lois has created numerous celebrity profile videos. Some highlights include Mohammed Ali, John Glenn, Barbara Walters, Cyndi Lauper, Dan Rather and William H. Macy. In addition to being a freelance filmmaker, Lois is a photographer, yoga teacher and actress.

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Director Statement

It was such an inspiring and heartfelt experience to learn about the culture and heritage of the Slate Belt. I was moved by the many stories told by folks that grew up and worked at the quarries..