NW Tracking presents MASSACRED FOR GOLD


The Northwest Film Center’s continuing commitment to highlighting cinematic works produced in the Northwest region is housed within its Northwest Tracking series.  On April 11, the series hosts a special directors cut screening of the new film MASSACRED FOR GOLD.

Jennifer Anderson and Vernon Lott, the duo that brought us CONFLUENCE and BAD WRITING, now journey to Hells Canyon, Oregon, 1887.  The murder of more than 30 Chinese gold miners casts suspicion and a dark shadow over a group of local rustlers and schoolboys.  MASSACRED FOR GOLD revisits this tragedy, wielding what fragments of evidence remain from the horrific event, bringing a mystery obscured by time back to life for contemporary audiences.

Through the use of speculative narration by actor Robert Longstreet, the film probes into the heated political climate of the Northwest in the 1880s, when a mass immigration of Chinese workers prompted prejudice and rampant hate crimes throughout the region.  Anderson and Lott offer a glimpse into the judicial process of a bygone era, peering back to a time that yielded such miscarriages of justice as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  With its eye on the past, MASSACRED FOR GOLD stands as meditation on the inhumanity woven through our history via this complex recollection of a senseless and nearly forgotten crime.

Screening time:

April 11 – Thursday 7p.m.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium Portland Art Museum-1219 SW Park Avenue

Admission: $9 General; $8 Students, Seniors

Advanced Tickets: http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/48/516/#2926


  1. It wouldn’t hurt to mention that Massacred for Gold is based on the 2009 book by R. Gregory Nokes: http://gregnokes.com/


  1. […] A special bonus edition of the podcast, in which host Erik McClanahan interviews Lewiston, Idaho filmmaker Vernon Lott, whose third feature Massacred For Gold screens Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Film Center‘s Whitsell Auditorium. Tickets are available here. There’s more information on the film here. […]

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