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Butte, Montana miners

Photo Courtesy of the Guidi Family

Pamela Roberts has just announced her new film Butte, America that tells the epic tale of a city in Montana, once the world’s largest producer of copper and known as the “Pittsburgh of the West.” Butte was a world-class mining town where corporate capitalism battled organized labor. Ethnic groups came together to form an urban industrial dynamo. From braving the ups and downs of global markets to surviving death, injury, layoffs, and shutdowns, they forged a community whose toughness, tolerance and solidarity embody the unique spirit of the place called “The Richest Hill on Earth.”

Narrated by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, Butte, America brings to life these people, the heart of the Butte story: miners, their families and the working class neighborhoods they created. The saga of human appetite and a tragic environmental legacy for the people left behind speaks to what's increasingly missing in American life today. Butte shares with San Francisco the distinction of being one of the landmarks of the American labor movement. The San Francisco sponsors are some of the most prominent Irish and organized labor groups in The City.

Butte, America is a co-production of Pamela Roberts and the Independent Television & Video Service (ITVS), produced in association with KUSM-TV/Montana PBS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

A Rattlesnake Productions release, 67-minute-long Butte, America is not MPAA rated. It plays one night only in San Francisco, 8:00 pm on Sat., Nov. 6 at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street (between Mission & Capp Streets, a half-block from the 16th Street BART Station). Tickets (Film only $10 to $15; pre-show reception at the Victoria Theatre from 5:30 pm $15 to $25) are available online at or by phone at 415.863.7576. The reception features libations, appetizers and traditional Irish music by The Gas Men (


  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    PLease remove the one star.
    This is a preview and not a review, so the one star is misleading.