Mining the Mother Lode

Combining cinematic western landscapes with intimate poetry recitation, "Mining the Mother Lode" is an agrarian dirge on wasted resources, our culture of consumption, and brokers who trade on our most precious resource: water.

  • H. Paul Moon
  • Andy Hedges
    Key Cast
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Josh Coffey
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Poetry, Environmental
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Nevada Museum of Art
    Reno, Nevada
    United States
    June 10, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Dallas VideoFest
    Dallas, Texas
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    Theatrical World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • River's Edge International Film Festival
    Paducah, Kentucky
    United States
    November 4, 2016
    Kentucky Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 5th International Video Poetry Fest
    December 10, 2016
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    United States
    February 16, 2017
    Arizona Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Missoula, Montana
    United States
    February 18, 2017
    Montana Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Water Docs Film Festival
    March 24, 2017
    Canada Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Meters International Film Festival
    Naples, New York
    United States
    April 1, 2017
    New York Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    United States
    April 21, 2017
    Pennsylvania Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    April 22, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, California
    United States
    April 22, 2017
    Official Selection
  • International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő
    May 27, 2017
    Hungary Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Reno Tahoe International Film Festival
    Reno, Nevada
    United States
    September 9, 2017
    Nevada Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    Breckenridge, Colorado
    United States
    September 24, 2017
    Colorado Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Silêncio
    September 30, 2017
    Portugal Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Catalina Film Festival
    Avalon, California
    United States
    September 30, 2017
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Almería Western Film Festival
    October 11, 2017
    Spain Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Wild Bunch Film Festival
    Wilcox, Arizona
    United States
    October 21, 2017
    Official Selection
  • docLAHOMA Film Festival
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    United States
    January 14, 2018
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Zebra Poetry Film Festival
    September 29, 2018
    Germany Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, Nevada
    United States
    February 7, 2019
    Boulder City Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - H. Paul Moon

H. Paul Moon ( is a filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. focusing on music and visual art profiles. He also creates experimental films of cities, landscapes and contemporary dance. He teaches documentary editing at George Mason University, and manages a network of online communities at that keeps pace with new camera technologies. His body of work includes short and feature-length documentaries, dance films, and experimental cinema, regularly featured at film festivals worldwide. He worked as a small camera specialist for a Paramount feature film starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and as cinematographer for director Josephine Decker’s film in "collective:unconscious" that debuted at the South by Southwest Festival. Recent films include "Sitka: A Piano Documentary" ( about the craftsmanship of Steinway pianos, and "Quartet for the End of Time" ( about Olivier Messiaen’s transcendent composition, that premiered on the commemorative date and at the place where the imprisoned composer debuted his work. Moon's latest film, a feature-length documentary about the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber (, recently premiered on PBS, and he is currently finishing another documentary feature about Western folklife, cowboy poetry, and the American frontier (

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