2003 New and Once Lost Films
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In October 2002 a milestone event for West Virginia’s filmmakers took place at the Third WV Filmmakers Film Festival. The WV Filmmakers Guild had its best-attended meeting in more than a decade on Saturday at the Sutton Landmark Studio for the Arts. New filmmakers met well-established filmmakers and a new surge of energy spread through the membership. The Griffin and the Minor Canon won its first award at Sutton. In January 2003 it won the “best of the best” for all local PBS productions in the country. Jacob Young had a chance to meet with his old friend Mark Samels for the first time since he had left for WGBH-TV in Boston. Mark returned to show his American Experience - A Brilliant Madness film about WV son John Nash, subject of the “best film of the year,” A Beautiful Mind. Correct Change, a new feature film made entirely in the state by our state’s film crew and actors was shown to great success. Sasha Waters completed Razing Appalachia, her feature documentary on mountaintop removal near Blair Mountain. Daniel Boyd and his students finished Duara and their film about making it, Sound the Drum.
Many other exciting film events took place this year. Lars von Trier, perhaps the most influential filmmaker in the world today, sent his research assistant from Copenhagen to tour the southern coalfields, doing research for his next film, Dear Wendy. “The Flooded out Film Festival” raised more than $500 for the flooded out library in Welch and for victims of recent mountaintop removal-caused flooding. The Library of Congress created a new subject heading in record time, partially thanks to Sandy Berman who used WV-made films, books and other materials to convince them one was needed. Not since John Sayles came to Thurmond to film Matewan in 1984 have our filmmakers been so excited.
In 2003 we got to see the massive Gods and Generals and plans are to finally produce a feature documentary on the Green Bank Radio Telescope. B. J. Gudmundsson will finally finish her feature documentary on Cal Price, #30 – The Life and Times of Cal Price, the H. L. Mencken of WV. Robert Gates’ Mucked was finally finished, at least for now. Kevin Carpenter will premiere his Elk Hotel horror film in October at the WVFFF in Sutton. Thomas Harding will inaugurate his new American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown. We have much to look forward to this coming year.
Breece Pancake – An Appalachian Voice
25 mins. 1989 (aired 2003) WV PBS
On April 8, 1979, Pancake committed suicide by shooting himself under a fruit tree in his back yard. After his death his collection of 12 short stories, The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake, was reprinted with a preface and afterward written by two of the professors who knew him at UVA. A decade latter Russ Barbour directed this portrait of the Bard of Milton. Most unfortunately, it was not shown until without any public notice it was aired at 4 a.m. in early 2003. Pancake’s mother talks about her husband’s death shortly before her son’s suicide. Barbour says that he plans on editing the soundtrack. Access: none at this time. Contact Steve Fesenmaier.
A Brilliant Madness
60 mins. 2002 PBS
Mark Samel, a longtime film director and producer for WVPBS – he directed West Virginia – A Film History – returned to West Virginia to film this biography of Bluefield native John Nash. Nash is the subject of Sylvia Nassar’s biography A Beautiful Mind that was turned into the Oscar-winning film by the same name. This biography includes interviews with Nash’s sister and discusses more about his homeplace in Bluefield. Access: http://www.shop.pbs.org/
Catching Up With Yesterday
28 mins. 1990 Facets Multimedia
A documentary portrait of Andrew F. Boarman, a 78-year-old West Virginia instrument maker and musician. In addition to featuring a number of lively musical performances, the film illustrates Boarman's skills as a master craftsman of banjos, guitars, fiddles, and dulcimers. Interviews with Boarman provide a historical and regional context for the life and work of this leading representative of Appalachian culture and folk traditions. Access: facets.org.
Chase the Devil – Religious Music of the Appalachians
60 mins. 1991
Nationally-aired PBS documentary gives a street-level perspective of the religious music of the Appalachians, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the provocative culture. From Beats of the Heart series. Access: Facets, amazon.
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Religious music of the South Appalachians covers a wide panorama. At one extreme, the fundamentalist Baptists regard any music as "the devil's work," and at the other end the Holiness Church centers the fervor and intensity of its services on hard driving, highly rhythmic music. This film focuses on the exuberant preaching, singing, gyrations, and rituals of the Holiness Church, including footage of enraptured holiness members "speaking in tongues" and handling poisonous snakes as part of church services. Chase the Devil also captures many other aspects and byways of isolated mountain music and culture, such as the haunting archaic religious balladry of Dee and Delta Hicks and Nimrod Workman, the old-time banjo playing of Virgil Anderson, the fiddle-band stylings of the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a traditional baptism in a river, and a visit with an old recluse who communicates with Jesus via a broken auto antenna.
Coal Bucket Outlaw
27 mins. 2002 Appalshop
In the spirit of Dancing Outlaw, Tom Hansell explores the world of overweight coal-hauling trucks in eastern Kentucky. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that coal produces over half of our nation's electricity. This film is built around a day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver. This digital documentary gives Americans a direct look at where our energy comes from, and reveals the human and environmental price we pay for our national addiction to fossil fuels. The narrative line follows two Kentucky coal truck drivers as they chase their version of the American dream. Viewers learn how the economics of the coal business demand that both drivers break the law every day. A veteran independent trucker plays the "cops and robbers" game with the weight crew from the Department of Transportation. A young driver debates whether to keep hauling coal or to move his family to the city. And, a father describes a collision with a coal truck that killed his teenage son. Facts and figures about coal as an energy source will place these individual struggles in a national context. Coal Bucket Outlaw examines the connection between coal haulers and the larger system that produces America's electricity. If outlaws deliver half of our nations energy, are consumers and policymakers completely innocent? Access: http://www.appalshop.org/film/ $35 for small libraries and groups. Normal price is $150 college/university. $24.95 for home use only.
95 mins. 2002 Down Home Productions
Mike Lilly, a Charleston native, returned from California to his native state to film his screenplay, Tenderloin. Based on a real inmate he met in Alcatraz Prison, he transplanted the story to Moundsville and Charleston. Russ McCubbin, a Hollywood veteran actor for 20 years who now lives in Charleston, and Charleston actress Mollie Brown, star as the two people looking for love. The film premiered at the 2002 WVIFF and was shown around the state. Music by John Lilly, Bobby Taylor, Mo Truman and other local musicians. Access: contact Steve Fesenmaier, email@example.com.
25 mins. 2002 Paradise Film Institute
A docu-drama about the impact of AIDS in Africa as experienced by a young man. It is the pilot project for the West Virginia State College - PFI - University of Dar es Salaam filmmaking program, TeleDrum. Sponsored by John Hopkins Center for Communications, Tanzania Commission on AIDS, Healthscope Tanzania and the US Agency for International Development, the project has been featured at regional U.S. film festivals and in Africa. Access: Paradise Film Institute
Duara – the Making of – Sound the Drum
25 mins. 2002 Paradise Film Institute SOU
A student production documenting the birth of TeleDrum through the making of the short-feature film Duara in Tanzania, East Africa. The documentary chronicles the challenges faced by crews from two dramatically different cultures coming together in a short period of time to learn filmmaking. Daniel Boyd, founder of the Institute, spent a year in Tanzania as a Fullbright Scholar, teaching film at the University. Access: Paradise Film Institute http://pfi.wvsc.edu/
East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck
95 mins. 1993 Filmakers Library
Producer Donn Rogosin, then general manager of WSWP-TV in Beckley, and director Craig Davidson, traveled the world to create the only feature film about native daughter Buck (1892-1973). She was born in Hillsboro, Pocahontas County. She was a missionary child who was raised in rural China and developed a deep affection for the Chinese people she lived among. She became one of the most popular American writers of the 20th Century, especially for her best-selling novel, The Good Earth. The film interweaves fascinating early footage of both rural and urban China, with interviews with Asian scholars and her contemporaries. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize, and she used her celebrity to draw attention to many social issues of her time. She was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, mixed race adoption, and tolerance for the mentally retarded. The film had its world premiere at The WV State Capitol Cultural Center in April 1993 as part of the Spring WVIFF festival. It was also shown at the London and East-West Film Festivals. Access: Filmmakers Library, http://www.filmakers.com/indivs/EastWind.htm.
24 mins. 2003
Sutton native son Kevin Carpenter mixes some local Indian stories with a contemporary murder mystery to create a chilling story. A group of three present-day couples who are seeking adventure. A helpful stranger tells them of a haunted hotel nearby that sounds exactly like the excitement that they are looking for. Upon arrival, they find a very spooky hotel, but to make matters worse once they enter they decide to have a séance. The séance doesn't seem to have any effect until the group splits up to explore the hotel. Then all hell breaks lose! Part of the group hears something in the basement and upon investigation finds an undead, murdering specter burying a corpse. Meanwhile, the loving couple of the group finds a nice private room in the hotel. During their romantic encounter they find themselves transported to the wilderness, only to be hunted/haunted by a Native American spirit. All the while the third couple witness a brutal bathtub murder in a time transformed hotel. All and all we find out that the hotel is not only haunted but history may have a little help repeating itself. Access: contact Kevin Carpenter, firstname.lastname@example.org. World premiere October 2003. Website: http://www.elkhotel.com/movie/main.shtml.
An Evening with Cal Price
55 mins. 2002 PatchWork Films
Greenbrier historian Robert Conte performed a one-man play based on the writings of Pocahontas Times editor Cal Price. The play is mixed with photos of Price and his world. Price was an early environmentalist along with Teddy Roosevelt, fighting to save our great natural resources. He is by turn hilarious and tragic, just as a contemporary, H. L. Mencken was in Baltimore. Parts of this film will be utilized in the coming feature-length film on Price – 30 – Cal Price and the Pocahontas Times. For purchase and website: http://www.patchworkfilms.com/
Flood ’96 – The Greenbrier River Disaster of 1996
76 mins. 2000 Red Oak Productions
Imagine more than six feet of torrential mud and water raging through your home, destroying virtually everything in its path. Now imagine the same thing happening twice in less than 10 years! For people living along the Greenbrier River in West Virginia, this was no dream – it was a nightmare. A compelling video which captures the events as they happened, this powerful and historic presentation chronicles the awesome power of nature, the fragility of life, and the bravery and determination of those left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. From the award-winning editor of Out of the Storm and An Evening with Cal Price. Access: Patchwork Films
My Grandmother's Grandmother Unto Me
52 mins. 1990 Facets
The storytelling tradition of the southern Appalachians comes to life through actress/writer Clarinda Ross's portrayal of four generations of her maternal ancestors. The video takes viewers on an intimate tour through the past, following the family's lineage from an 1890 homesteader to a modern-day actress who left the mountains to pursue her craft in the big city. This is the story of America itself, in its transition from Indians and the wilderness frontier to an industrialized land where economic opportunity and foreign wars began to tear families apart for the first time and change the traditional roles of women. Access: Facets.
Gods and Generals
216 mins. 2003 Warner Bros.
Ronald Maxwell directed this prequel to Michael Shaara’s novel on Gettysburg written by his son Jeff. Stephen Lang plays Stonewall Jackson as he really was – very religious and eccentric. Senator Byrd has a bit part in the film. It shows several key battles including First Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Filmed partially on location in Harper’s Ferry and other actual sites of the battles in Maryland and Virginia. Harper’s Ferry is used to portray the town of Chancellorsville. Access: six months DVD
The Griffin and the Minor Canon
25 mins. 2002 WVPBS
Mary Lucille DuBerry and Brad Stalnaker created an award-winning animated film of Frank Stockton’s tale of a lonely griffin. Stockton spent his last years living in the Eastern Panhandle. He is most famous for his story, “The Tiger or the Lady?” Copies of the film plus a teacher’s guide were given to every public library in the state. It won the “best of the best” at the national PBS competition for best local production. For purchase info and website: http://www.griffin-minorcanon.org/
Immortal Essence: The Life and Writings of Danske Dandridge
27 mins. 2002 Jim Surkamp Productions
Jim Surkamp profiles Shepherdstown's poet, garden writer, and historian, Caroline "Danske" Dandridge (1854-1914). Ms. Dandridge wrote over a hundred acclaimed poems, 200 gardening articles, and four history books. A web site of her writings is at http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/dandridge/index2.htm. Access: Jim Surkamp Presentations
A Killing Affair
100 mins. 1985 Facets Multimedia
Peter Weller and Kathy Baker star in the tension filled drama about a deadly feud in Appalachia in 1943. Weller shows up at Baker's isolated backwoods home and claims he killed her husband for crimes against Weller's family. With John Glover, Bill Smitrovich and Rhetta Hughes. Availability – Facets.org
The Last Hit
82 mins. (1995) 2003 Buddha House Productions
Michael Fitzgerald wrote, produced, and co-directed with Joe Barta IV this film about corrupt businessmen and their kung-fu fighting hitmen. A local man who is physically small shows that he is more than a match for the larger hitmen, but finds himself becoming evil like they are. Fitzgerald spent only a few thousand dollars on this film, having to redo the sound in 2003. It was shot in Huntington in 1995 at such locations as the Frederick Hotel, Calamity Café, and Ming's Restaurant. It shows 5 different kung fu styles and karate, tai kwon do, and jujitsu. Actors include Bob Frazier of Huntington and Carlos Castillo of San Salvador as well as Fitzgerald himself. 32 original instrumental songs by Fitzgerald and Matt Kyle were used. The film is dedicated to his father who appears at the beginning of the film. Not to be confused with the 1993 Universal film by the same name.
65 mins. 2002 Real Earth Productions
This is a film about making a film about UFOs in Hardy County. Two co-eds from James Madison University head for Lost River for a long weekend. The girls are invited to attend a pig roast in the Upper Cove attended by locals and Harley bikers. They are told about "the lights" that can be seen from atop North Mountain zig-zagging across the sky above the Shenandoah Valley. They are also told about a dark pond in the forest that has unusual appeal to the deer. But that's just the beginning. Filmmaker Ray Schmitt is currently working on a documentary about the actual UFO events. Access: contact the filmmaker at email@example.com.
A Matter of Principle
56 min. 1983 Facets
Alan Arkin stars in this American Playhouse production adapted from John D. Weaver's comic story about a demanding, cantankerous West Virginia father who strictly rules the lives of his wife and eleven children. But when his favorite daughter decides to marry and celebrate the previously forbidden holiday of Christmas, major family confrontation forces the father to choose between love and pride.
Max & Nellie’s Journey with Grief
25 min. 2000 Old Brick Playhouse
The Old Brick Playhouse, Linda Zimmer, Judy Brussell, and Tom Nicholson created this tale, through the generous help of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Using a theatrical labyrinth of song, dance, and fantastical characters, this video addresses issues of bereavement and helps children cope with loss while celebrating life. Grace and her two children, Max and Nellie, find their way through a gambit of emotions connected to the loss of their Grandpa Gilbert. On their journey they encounter a magical marionette sequence, Grandpa's eccentric friends, an enchanting story scroll, and other hilarious creatures that guide them through a celebration of memories and hope. It prompts discussions between children and adults concerning death, dying, and loss. Access: $30 at http://members.citynet.net/oldbrick/shows/movie.htm.
Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place
34 mins. 2003 Real Earth Productions
Award-winning nature photographer Jim Clark is profiled in this story about his love and passion for nature photography. Clark is a native son of War, WV. The program has about 125 slides from the Allegheny Highlands of West Virginia, many of which also appear in Jim’s books. The program includes stories surrounding some of the photographs, childhood memories, his approach to nature photography, a devastating fire that destroyed all his work, and his concern about mountain top removal. Filmed by Hardy County filmmaker Ray Schmitt.
The Pare Lorentz Collection
Various lengths Various dates International Documentary Association
Pare Lorentz was FDR’s filmmaker during the Great Depression, making a series of films that changed how the media was used and changed how the media were created. He was born and raised in Clarksburg, attending WVU before he moved to NYC to become a film critic. The IDA has given out the Pare Lorentz Award to the best social documentary in the world for six years. They also remastered four of his films and made them available in high-quality video. They also commissioned Erik Barnouw, the head of the Motion Picture division of the Library of Congress, to write a study guide. The four documentaries are: The Plow that Broke the Plains, The River, The Fight for Life, and Nuremberg.
The Pennsylvania Miners Story
120 mins. 2003 Disney
One of the most dramatic recent stories of rescue actually happened in a coal mine in summer 2002. Disney produced this docu-drama of the “nine for nine” miners. The film was shot in real mines in Somerset County, PA, including the real-life Quecreek mine. Some parts were recreated on a sound studio. For 77 hours they were trapped and everyone thought they would die. The world held their collective breaths as people dug down into the flooded mine, using a special piece of equipment based in Beckley’s MSHA safety academy. Access: Amazon or any source. Available on DVD June 24, 2003. (Shot in real mines and recreated on a soundstage to show the life-threatening dangers and physical limitations the men faced. The movie was shot in many of the actual locations in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, including scenes at the real-life Quecreek mine.)
90 mins. 1983
Filmed entirely in Shepherdstown, Ken Howard stars in this award-winning version of Mark Twains’ last novel. A slave woman cradle-switches her master’s son with her own light-skinned baby. Howard plays the local lawyer who unravels the mystery. Purchase: www.montereymedia.com. Part of the Mark Twain collection.
72 mins. 2002 Room 152 Productions
The place is Pigeonroost Hollow, Blair, West Virginia. The time is May 1998. On one side is Arch Coal, America’s second-largest coal company, who plans to expand its mountaintop strip mine above the town. The coal company is joined by state political leaders and 400 union miners whose jobs are on the line. On the other side? The forty families remaining in Blair whose remarkable fight saved their community from being buried under the rock and soil debris of this massive expansion.Access: Bullfrog Films 55 min. version www.bullfrogfilms.com.
90 mins. 1984 MGM/UA
James Foley began his career filming Darryl Hannah and Aidin Quinn in his first film in Weirton. Wanting to make a film with the poignancy of The Deer Hunter, he came to the northern panhandle to tell a tale about a James Dean-like character trapped in a steel town. Chris Columbus, now famous for the Harry Potter films, also began his career by writing this film. Michael Ballhaus, one of the great German cinematographers, had just filmed his first American film for John Sayles – Baby, It’s You. Foley has directed many films since including At Close Range with Sean Penn and Glengarry Glen Ross. Never on video until 2002. Access: Amazon.com
River on the Rocks: A Birch River Helicopter Journey
38 mins. Wolf Pen Digital
Rob Johnson and filmmaker Neal Gentry present their helicopter tour film of the Birch River combined with some of the still photos they took. Mr. Johnson’s uncle Skip Johnson wrote a book about his favorite river. This film contains footage shot along the final 17 miles of the Birch. This section of Birch is included in the WV Natural Streams Preservation Act. It begins at the Cora Brown Bridge in Nicholas County and ends at
Glendon in Braxton County. The film is narrated by Clay County native, Neil Boggs, who retired from NBC television where he worked for NBC News. Access: http://www.scenicbirchriver.com/store.htm.
In 1949 Irving Reis, a media pioneer (he founded CBS Radio’s Columbia U. radio workshop), directed a film version of WV author Alberta Hannum’s book, Roseanna McCoy. Nicholas Ray (famous for Rebel Without A Cause) assisted, as did Ben Hecht. Both were uncredited. It starred Farley Granger as Johnse Hatfield, Joan Evans played the heroine, Roseanna McCoy, Charles Bickford played Devil Anse Hatfield, Raymond Massey played Old Randall McCoy, and Richard Basehart played Mounts Hatfield. The storyline is – young lovers from the two feuding families reopen old wounds. Access: Facets Multimedia at http://www.facets.org/ has it for sale for only $14.95. Order No. is VHS: S32354. Samuel Goldwyn Home Entertainment remastered the soundtrack
Seven to Midnight
90 mins. 2002 Sorry Dog Productions
Scott Martin, Princeton filmmaker, directed this fictional film about lost love. A man returns to his hometown to talk to his high school girlfriend. They were from different sides of the tracks. It follows the tension between the two lovers who have lost their connection. Access: not available at this time
Signs, Cures & Witchery - Appalachian Cosmology and Belief
60 mins 2001 Augusta Heritage Festival
A glimpse of some little-known Appalachian beliefs and practices among descendents of early German pioneers. These traditions merged in the New World with Anglo/Celtic influences. The film traces Germanic belief systems from Europe to West Virginia, from the fifteenth century to present practitioners. It opens a window into our ancient past, revealing the courage, resourcefulness and humor of people whose survival depended on their ability to "read signs," cure their own ills, and find explanations for life's mysteries. Who needs Harry Potter when we can meet the devil in our own backyard? Access: Augusta Shop
11 mins. 2000 MacArts
WV State filmmakers Daniel Boyd and Stephen Gilliland made this film for Jean Battlo, McDowell county playwright. She wanted to use the state’s most famous “lost film” by the same name as part of her play, Terror of the Tug. The title refers to Sid Hatfield, the good chief of police in the Matewan Massacre, who stood up to the Baldwin-Felts agents during the 1920 “Matewan Massacre.” He was later murdered. Before that final event, a documentary film funded by the UMWA was made about him. The film was either stolen or misplaced in the National Archives. This is a creative re-creation of that film filmed on location in Mingo and McDowell Counties. The screenplay is by Jean Battlo. Access: Jean Battlo MacArts, 125 E Main Street, P.O. Box 415, Kimball, WV 24853, (304) 585-7107
Tobacco Roody/Southern Comforts
164 mins. 1970/71 Facets
A double feature of dimwitted hicks and big-breasted chicks. Tobacco Roody (1970) features assorted randy rednecks gettin' down to some country lovin'. Then, a backwoods beauty pageant is just the cover for a flesh peddling operation that leads to a barnyard orgy in Southern Comforts (1971), starring sexy Monica Gayle (Switchblade Sisters). Vintage softcore offerings. ADULTS ONLY. Includes audio commentary on Tobacco Roody by producer Harry Novak, southern softcore movie trailers, gallery of exploitation art, and three short subjects: Hillbilly Bride, Shy Ann from Cheyenne and Take Me Back to West Virginia. Access: Facets.
Twigman: Portrait of Artist Tom Pumroy
33 mins. 2002 Real Earth Productions
Artist Tom Pumroy from Paw Paw, WV is profiled in this program providing a visual montage of Pumroy’s digital artwork, oil pastels, watercolors and pen and ink sketches, and his making of rustic furniture, pergolas, gates and arbors using tree limbs and branches. Pumroy discusses how his search for truth and beauty through art led him to the Creator. His ideas are boundless and expressed in an articulate, spiritual and philosophical way. Filmed by Hardy County filmmaker Ray Schmitt. Access: PatchWork Films.
Until I Become Light
55 mins. 2003 Real Earth Productions
This is the third biography of a WV artist made by Ray Schmitt. (Twigman and Mountain Memories – see above.) Robert Singleton is a nationally famous painter who has been living in the state for 25 years. He was born in North Carolina, and moved to Florida and Georgia. He came to the Eastern Panhandle to find peace for his work. Recently he was influenced by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, the woman who brought death and dying out of the closet. He is best known for his ethereal paintings of clouds and skies. To see paintings and more facts about him, check his website at http://www.resingleton.com/. Access: Ray Schmitt.
The West Virginia Hills: A Tribute to the Mountain Dulcimer
50 mins. 2003 Augusta Heritage Festival
In the early 1990s, the Augusta Heritage Center documented many older West Virginia dulcimer players and makers at their homes. The film traces the old world German roots of the instrument through the collections of Patty Looman and Jim Costa. It includes footage of traditional players, old dulcimers, and discussion about the origins of the instrument. It ends with cameo performances by some of the best players in the country who have graced the Augusta stage, including Margaret MacArthur, Lorraine Lee Hammond, and David Schnaufer. Access: Augusta Heritage
W.W. Waddy and the Shepherdstown Trains
27 mins. 2002 Jim Surkamp Productions
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Additional AppLit Resources:
Films and From the Brothers Grimm
release from September 9, 2002, entitled “World premier screenings at
Flooded Out Film Festival
Winning Festival Films, background information on the first festival, local history, links to sponsors, links to information on film such as The Griffin and the Minor Canon, The Night of the Hunter, Invasion of the Space Preachers, etc.
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