We join U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., in encouraging local residents to participate in a planned two-day documentary filming this week in historic Pocahontas.

An independent film maker will be in town Thursday and Friday to film a documentary to be produced for submission to PBS, as well as a DVD.

The documentary will chronicle the town’s rich history through interviews with residents and pictures of the bustling past of historic Pocahontas, according to Boucher.

Boucher said a widely viewed Internet movie, which featured Pocahontas’ unique history and heritage, sparked interest in the creation of a broader documentary, which hopes to chronicle the historical character of the town in greater detail.

The earlier documentary about the town is still available for viewing on the Internet through YouTube, and has already had about 80,000 hits, according to Pocahontas Town Treasurer Greg Jones.

Boucher said the producers of the documentary will be interviewing residents to discuss their personal memories of Pocahontas and to solicit their thoughts on the future of the town. The interviews will be compiled on DVD for use by Historic Pocahontas, Inc., and some of the interviews may be used in the documentary proposed for broadcast on PBS.

The film crew also will be looking for old photographs and home movies, particularly of coal miners from the Pocahontas area.

They are hoping to interview residents who not only live in Pocahontas today, but those who have lived in the town in the past; those who may have lived in the outskirts of the town; those who have traveled to the town to go shopping; or those who simply remember the town when it was booming, town resident Amy Flick, who is helping to coordinate the filming of the documentary, said.

We join Boucher is asking area residents to participate in the documentary filming Thursday and Friday.

We welcome any effort to record the famed history of the great Pocahontas coalfields. The town’s cultural history is among the most celebrated and unique stories to be told across the coalfields of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

It is a history that should be properly recorded and preserved for future generations.

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