Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam, is the first feature-length documentary film to tell the story of the worst man-made disaster in the twentieth century

California (PRUnderground) January 16th, 2019

Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St. Francis Dam is the first feature-length documentary film to tell the story of the failure of the St. Francis Dam, in the hills outside of Los Angeles, in 1928. Featuring newly-discovered film footage, not seen in over 90 years, this film tells the tale of the worst man-made disaster in 20th century America: the sudden collapse of the St. Francis Dam on March 12, 1928. In the years since the collapse, the tragedy has been all but forgotten on a state and national level. 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 greatness. The film, produced and directed by filmmaker Jesse Cash, compiles new and archival interview footage and hundreds of historic photographs to tell the story in its entirety, for the first time on film. It is currently available to stream on Vimeo On Demand, and will be available on Amazon Prime Video and on DVD in February.

Funded little by little by California filmmaker, Jesse 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.

Film Festival Information

Winner Best Film (December 2018) Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Winner Best Director Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Winner Best Narration Writing Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Official Selection Impact DOCS Awards

Forgotten Tragedy: The Story of the St Francis Dam will be honored at an awards ceremony for the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards on March 23 at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. it is available to stream at ForgottenTragedy.com

The production company behind Forgotten Tragedy is Little Spark of Madness Films, LLC, a Southern California based film company.

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

Press Contact

Name: Jesse Cash
Phone: (949) 529-1678
Email: littlesparkofmadnessfilms@gmail.com
Website: littlesparkofmadnessfilms.com

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