Little Roxie Sat, May 30, 2015 4:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Chad Stevens
Year of Production:2015
Film Type:Feature
Premiere Status:West Coast Premiere
Environmental health
Running Time:65 min.


After a mine disaster kills her brother, Betty, a pro-coal activist, joins forces with Lorelei, a tree-hugging environmentalist, to take on an industry that has divided their community for decades. Director Chad Stevens presents the determination of the pair as they balance the town’s economic need for coal with its devastating impact. As the coal industry faces extinction in Appalachia, what will be left for the communities and the workers once the corporations abandon the hills, and will Betty and Lorelei be able to heal their wounded community? Breaking news: On November 13, 2014, Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy and character in the film, was indicted on conspiracy charges for his involvement in the Upper Big Branch mining disaster.


DISCUSSION WITH: Chad Stevens, director.

You might also like to see Deep Time (May 31).

Additional Information

Chad Stevens is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, editor, journalist and professor. The director has won a national Emmy Award for New Approaches to Documentary Programming, has been nominated for three other national Emmy Awards, received an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award and received two Webby Awards in Documentary. He is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, frequent international and national multimedia journalism speaker/coach and holds a M.A. in visual communication from Ohio University.