Burkittsville, Gathland State Park, MD, and The Blair Witch Project

Today, a quick day trip, to Burkittsville MD and Gathland State Park on South Mountain behind it, site of the black and white film “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez.  I saw it at the old Uptown Theater in Minneapolis on a sold-out Friday night then, with Josh Hartnett standing in line (he had just made “Halloween: H20” at the time).

There is a museum to honor one of the country’s first war correspondents, George Townsend, during the Civil War. There is a masoleum and tomb, and a great arch.

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A lesser known similar film from 1998 was “The Last Broadcast” (Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler, Wavelength Releasing), a “fact or fiction” docudrama about the disappearance and death of three young men in the New Jersey Pine Barrens from the supposed Jersey Devil.  I saw the film at the University of Minnesota Bell Auditorium, once of the first digitally shot features ever commercially made.

 

(Posted: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at 10:15 PM).

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