[Videolib] BLACK DIAMONDS

Steve Fesenmaier (mystery12@charter.net)
Thu, 09 Feb 2006 21:49:47 -0500

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Women's History Month in March 2006!

Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 7PM


$2 admission

World premiere at the South Charleston Museum in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2006
Contact: Catherine Pancake
410-258-8853
blackdiamondsinfo@gmail.com

Mountaintop Removal mining is destroying America's Appalachian Mountains
Find out how in a startling new documentary film by Catherine Pancake:

BLACK DIAMONDS: MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL
AND THE FIGHT FOR COALFIELD JUSTICE

Director/Producer: Catherine Pancake
Narration by: Lauren Graham (from Gilmore Girls)
Interviews: Julia Bonds (Goldman Environmental Prize Winner),
Ken Hechler (former Secretary of State), William Maxey (former Director
of the WV Division of Forestry), Jim Hecker (Trial Lawers for Public
Justice and more...
Website: www.blackdiamondsmovie.com

BALTIMORE, Feb. 6, 2006 - The Appalachian mountains are the country's
richest source of coal and the site of major coal extraction by
underground and surface mining. These practices are not only dangerous
but also environmentally destructive, poisoning water supplies and
covering headwater streams with toxic mining waste, obliterating
thousands of acres of hardwood forests, and flattening hundreds of
Appalachian mountain peaks. The national media and government have done
little to curb these dangerous and destructive practices. In fact,
national media watchdog Project Censored, stated that a story about
mountaintop removal coal mining was the #10 top censored story of 2006.
Black Diamonds is a film that tells the world about what's happening in
our nation's oldest mountain ranges. It is the first film of its kind
that offers a wholly comprehensive survey of surface mining and
mountaintop removal practices in West Virginia. This timely documentary
is being released nationally in 2006 for educational work-in-progress
screenings and festivals. Check Website www.blackdiamondsmovie.com for
more information.

Black Diamonds is a riveting portrait of an American region fighting for
its life--caught between the grinding wheels of the national appetite
for cheap energy and an enduring sense of Appalachian culture, pride,
and natural beauty. The film includes testimony from Julia Bonds, WV
citizen turned activist who received the 2003 Goldman Award (nation's
largest environmental activist award). Ken Hechler, former WV Secretary
of State, William Maxey, former Director of WV Division of Forestry, and
the many citizens of West Virginia.

"...a searing 90-minute documentary. ...mixes history, sociology,
advocacy journalism, and personal portraits vividly depicting the
catastrophic ecological and cultural effects wrought by mountaintop
removal." Michael Yockel, Baltimore Magazine, May 2005.

Film narration is provided by Lauren Graham, award-winning actress of
the critically acclaimed TV show the Gilmore Girls.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS: The film was written, directed, and produced by
West Virginia natives, Catherine and Ann Pancake. Catherine's work has
screened at Ohio State University, Philadelphia International Film
Festival, Contemporary Museum Baltimore, AFI Silver Theater, Silver
Springs, MD, Millennium Theater, NYC. She received a Maryland States
Arts Council Grant for her work with Black Diamonds. Ann Pancake is an
award-wining author who recently received the prestigious Pushcart Prize
and Whiting Writers Award for her stories about Appalachian culture.

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Women's History Month in March 2006!


Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 7PM


$2 admission

World premiere at the South Charleston Museum in West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2006
Contact: Catherine Pancake
410-258-8853
blackdiamondsinfo@gmail.com


Mountaintop Removal mining is destroying America’s Appalachian Mountains
Find out how in a startling new documentary film by Catherine Pancake:

BLACK DIAMONDS: MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL
AND THE FIGHT FOR COALFIELD JUSTICE

Director/Producer: Catherine Pancake
Narration by: Lauren Graham (from Gilmore Girls)
Interviews: Julia Bonds (Goldman Environmental Prize Winner),
Ken Hechler (former Secretary of State), William Maxey (former Director of the WV Division of Forestry), Jim Hecker (Trial Lawers for Public Justice and more...
Website: www.blackdiamondsmovie.com

BALTIMORE, Feb. 6, 2006 – The Appalachian mountains are the country’s richest source of coal and the site of major coal extraction by underground and surface mining. These practices are not only dangerous but also environmentally destructive, poisoning water supplies and covering headwater streams with toxic mining waste, obliterating thousands of acres of hardwood forests, and flattening hundreds of Appalachian mountain peaks. The national media and government have done little to curb these dangerous and destructive practices. In fact, national media watchdog Project Censored, stated that a story about mountaintop removal coal mining was the #10 top censored story of 2006. Black Diamonds is a film that tells the world about what’s happening in our nation’s oldest mountain ranges. It is the first film of its kind that offers a wholly comprehensive survey of surface mining and mountaintop removal practices in West Virginia. This timely documentary is being released nationally in 2006 for educational work-in-progress screenings and festivals. Check Website www.blackdiamondsmovie.com for more information.

Black Diamonds is a riveting portrait of an American region fighting for its life--caught between the grinding wheels of the national appetite for cheap energy and an enduring sense of Appalachian culture, pride, and natural beauty. The film includes testimony from Julia Bonds, WV citizen turned activist who received the 2003 Goldman Award (nation’s largest environmental activist award). Ken Hechler, former WV Secretary of State, William Maxey, former Director of WV Division of Forestry, and the many citizens of West Virginia.

"...a searing 90-minute documentary. ...mixes history, sociology, advocacy journalism, and personal portraits vividly depicting the catastrophic ecological and cultural effects wrought by mountaintop removal." Michael Yockel, Baltimore Magazine, May 2005.

Film narration is provided by Lauren Graham, award-winning actress of the critically acclaimed TV show the Gilmore Girls.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS: The film was written, directed, and produced by West Virginia natives, Catherine and Ann Pancake. Catherine’s work has screened at Ohio State University, Philadelphia International Film Festival, Contemporary Museum Baltimore, AFI Silver Theater, Silver Springs, MD, Millennium Theater, NYC. She received a Maryland States Arts Council Grant for her work with Black Diamonds. Ann Pancake is an award-wining author who recently received the prestigious Pushcart Prize and Whiting Writers Award for her stories about Appalachian culture.


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