A film on “the last great train robbery” will be shown at the Carriage House of the Lincoln County Historical Society, 545 SW 9th St., Newport. The showing will be accompanied by comments from the filmmaker, Tom Olsen Jr., who also will present artifacts he uncovered while producing the film.
“The Crime of the d’Autremont Brothers” is a one-hour documentary detailing the robbery. On October 11, 1923, Ray, Roy, and Hugh d'Autremont held up a Southern Pacific Railroad train in tunnel 13 just outside of Ashland, Oregon. Four trainmen were murdered. The brothers were found nearly four years later and sentenced to life in prison. The story is told by their lawyer, Noreen McGraw, who fought for their parole, and a documentary filmmaker, Jerry Schneider, who made a 1973 documentary for the 50th anniversary of the crime.
Tom Olsen, Jr., has been making documentaries for 10 years. His other films include “Killingsworth” and “Politics of Sand.” He is a graduate of Chapman University’s MFA film program. Olsen teaches film at PCC and Warner Pacific University, and serves as the Multimedia Production Specialist at the University of Western States. “The Crime of the d’Autremont Brothers” premiered at the 39th Northwest Filmmakers Festival, and was a recipient of a 2012 Oregon Film Award.
For more information about this free program, please call 541-265-7509.
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