Knox Mine Disaster Movie to screen at Bloomsburg University

For Immediate Release

Date: February 27, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Knox Mine Disaster Movie to screen at Bloomsburg University

BLOOMSBURG--The documentary film, “Knox Mine Disaster” about the 1959 mining accident in Pittston, Luzerne County, will be screened at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium.

The film is the creation of Los Angeles-based director David Brocca, whose family has roots in Pittston, and tells the story of the accident that killed 12 people. The accident happened after the Knox Coal Company ordered miners to illegally dig too close to the underbelly of the Susquehanna River near Pittston, causing a cave-in that flooded the mines with over 10 billion gallons of water trapping 81 miners underground.  The accident essentially ended deep mining in the Wyoming Valley and devastated the region economically.

The evening’s program will last about two hours and fifteen minutes and includes live music by Lex Romane and a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

The event is free for students, faculty, and staff with a Bloomsburg University ID. The event is also open to the public. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door and may be purchased at The event is organized by the Bloomsburg University Department of English.