Pueblo native, filmmaker eyes Ludlow-based project
BY JON POMPIA | JPOMPIA@CHIEFTAIN.COM FEB 11, 2017
A Pueblo native and video production company executive has announced an upcoming project with close ties to Southern Colorado.
Carrie L. Gomez is co-owner of the Denver-based SCY (pronounced "see") Pictures, an all-Latina company dedicated to "creating films that advocate for women's rights, address issues faced by under-represented communities and promote awareness of the adversities that at-risk populations face in today's society."
SCY Pictures' latest project is entitled "Ludlow," which hearkens back to the tragic 1914 massacre in the coal camp near Aguilar.
"Ludlow," penned by award-winning writer Bruce Leaf, tells the story of a young coal miner (Leo) who falls in love with a wealthy mine owner's daughter (Lizzie) while battling the owner and National Guard troops in the bloody labor strike.
"The Ludlow Massacre was a pivotal time in U.S. history," Gomez said. "It was a time when the coal-mining industry prevailed and coal companies would recruit their miners from foreign populations in order to find the cheapest labor possible.
"Immigrants from all over the world came to America in hopes to better their life, only to be discriminated against, exploited and treated harshly by their employers and by the surrounding communities."
Gomez said she became familiar with the Ludlow Massacre through a 2004 college history class.
"I quickly became interested in it and began researching, writing papers and even did my graduate portfolio documentary on it," Gomez said. "I feel that this is a topic that is not only pertinent to today's history but also to the labor movement that started the unionization of companies."
SCY Pictures has partnered with Main Man Films to produce the script and develop a six-part series based on the historical content of the Ludlow Massacre.
It is Gomez's hope that once completed, "Ludlow" will be unveiled at film festivals and potentially through Netflix or HBO.
SCY Pictures recently produced an award-winning short film, "WORN," from a story written by Jeffrey Palmer. Directed by Stephen Mathis, it's a film that shows the connection between a father, a son and the homeless.
The piece collected several awards, including Best Short Unproduced Screenplay (NYC Picture Start Film Festival) and Best Short Story Screenplay (Salt Lake City Film Festival).
For more information, visit scypictures.com.