Something Different: A Working Gristmill

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1 Sep , 2013   Posted by:


Over the past half-century, water-powered grain mills in Pennsylvania either converted to electric or shut down completely. In Union County, only one remains. Miller Curt Falck is doing something different — he turns grain into flour and animal feed using water power. This beautifully shot short documentary offers a glimpse into the past through the day-to-day operations of Grove’s Mill on Buffalo Creek. Something Different offers a glimpse into a world that many people will never see in their lifetimes — a working gristmill running on water power.

Film Details

Director: Erin Murphy

Writer: Erin Murphy

Year of Release: 2013

Running Time: 12

New England Connection: The film was shot in central Pennsylvania and was edited in Waterville and Portland, Maine. The director lives in Portland, Maine.

Director(s) Bio:: Erin Murphy is a documentary producer and educator who is particularly interested in short-form storytelling. She has worked in higher education for the past five years, teaching production and helping others produce their own videos. Erin's most recent documentary work focuses on a fully operational gristmill in central Pennsylvania. She is currently researching her next project, a short history of the axe in Maine.

Number of shooting days: 2

Editing software: Final Cut Pro X