Descent Into Madness: The Story of Scripture Rocks

documentary short

"Descent Into Madness" is the story of Douglas Stahlman, a teacher from Brookville, PA who spiraled into insanity after a series of unfortunate events in the early 1900's. Left with nothing but basic living essentials and an unwavering resolve, he spent the rest of his life chiseling Bible passages and other ominous warnings into the forest rocks... but to what end? I first learned about this local legend while attending college at Clarion University, and I vowed to return once the full extent of Stahlman's story was known. In August 2019, this documentary short was nominated for a regional Emmy Award.