MINDEN, W. Va. (WOWK) —
We first told you about the Toxic Town of Minden, West Virginia last month in a 13 News Special Report. And now the community’s plight is gaining national attention, as two documentary filmmakers are working on a feature full length film on the struggles of Minden.
Scott Faris and Meg Griffiths have worked together for nearly a decade bringing stories to life for nonprofits, foundations, and major brands. Now, their latest story has taken them to the Mountain State to follow the story of Minden.
The duo started production on their documentary last year, with their first visit to Minden happening in February, before the town was named to the EPA’s National Priority List.
“When we first started telling this story, it was only just a dream that Minden would be added to the NPL,” Faris told 13 News Reporter Lily Bradley in a Skype interview.
He added, “The fact that it has now been added is a huge win for this community. The recognition is there, but this is a story that now is only just beginning.”
Both of the documentarians stressed the importance of the project. They say they plan to come back to Minden as many times as it will take to follow this story to its finish.
For Faris, a WV native, the project has special meaning.
“This is a big problem no question, but the good thing is that we get to shine a light on the community and the amazing work that neighbors are doing to make sure that they are heard,” explained Faris.
Something Meg Griffiths echoed as well.
“We are really committed to these people, they are what keeps us coming back.”
The duo says they will be back to film the March on Minden in early June. During the event, Minden residents will recreate a march that took place more than 30 years ago to demand justice for the town and for neighbors who have been impacted by PCB exposure.