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Hex Hollow Documentary - the story of Nelson Rehmeyer

Posted by Rob Phoenix on July 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

 

In the Spring of 2013, I was asked to be one of many individuals interviewed for the Hex Hollow Documentary film, put together by filmmaker Shane Free.  This documentary was to tell the real and complete story of powwower Nelson Rehmeyer, who was brutally murdered in the 1920's near York, Pennsylvania.  His assailants were told by a local witch that Nelson had placed a curse on them, and so they took matters into their own hands. 

 

The filming began in the summer of 2013 and my piece was filmed at my home in mid July.  This was a very cool experience,  unlike anything I had ever been asked to do before. 

 

My good friend, Chris Bilardi (author of The Red Church) was also there that day for his interview.  We really did not know what to expect in our interviews, so instead we sat in front of the camera and just answered questions as they were presented to us. 

 

Over the past year, I have heard from the filmmaker periodically about the progress of the documentary.  I never realized what a huge undertaking it could be to put together a story utilizing over 20 different people's input.  My piece was only a tiny fraction of the story.  But combined with all of the other folks who were interviewed for the movie, we are telling the story of Nelson Rehmeyer, his reputation in the community, his practice of Powwowing, and the events leading up to (and including) his murder.  It's an important story to tell, and never before has it been told by so many people who covered many aspects and angles of the incident.

 

One year after the initial filming, the movie crew returned to Pennsylvania to get more footage.  This time I wasn't interviewed, but rather asked to perform various powwow-related techniques for the camera, and film what is known in the movie industry as "B Roll"...  It was another exciting experience and I can't wait to see the finished product.

 

According to the filmmaker, the movie will hopefully be released by the Fall of 2015, which means one more year.  But a project this important can't be rushed, and I can wait patiently. 

 

As I get more information, I will update this website accordingly.  In the meantime, https://www.facebook.com/HexHollowmovie" target="_blank">there is a facebook page for the movie. 

 

 

 

 

 

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