'Mine 9' movie about Appalachian coal miners trapped underground opens this weekend

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(WYMT) - An independent film telling the story of Appalachian coal miners trapped underground after a methane explosion opens this weekend.

The film "Mine 9", directed, written and produced by Eddie Mensore, centers around nine miners with only a one-hour supply of oxygen and their struggle to escape alive.

The thriller opens on limited screens, but will show in Hazard, Harlan and Pikeville. The Herald-Leader reports the movie will also debut in West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The movie is not based on a particular event, but the characters are based on miners Mensore knew.

Part of the movie was filmed at a mine in Buchanan County, Virginia. Other parts were filmed on a set in Atlanta.

You can read more about the movie here.

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