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Coal mining documentary to be screened in Pittsboro

By Molly Matlock
Posted Friday, January 26, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Haw River Films would be honored by your presence at a community screening of the documentary Mountain Top Removal. The one hour film explores the controversial coal mining practice that is literally changing the culture and geology of Southern Appalachia in order to generate electricity from coal.

The film includes interviews with citizen conservation groups, coal field activists, industry officials, scientists, and Jeff Goodell author of Big Coal, The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future. Music from Sarah Hawker, Julie Miller, John Specker, and Donna the Buffalo is also featured in the film.

Mountain Top Removal will be shown Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. at the Pittsboro Campus of the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. After the one hour screening special guests Larry Gibson (featured in the film) who has been fighting for his family's ancestral home-place on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia for twenty years and Dave Cooper of the Mountain Top Removal Road Show will be available to speak with viewers.

Admission is free and a donation of $2 per person would be welcomed.

Mountain Top Removal is the second documentary release from Haw River Films located in Pittsboro, NC. In 2005 Haw River Films first project Grassroots Stages was distributed nationally on PBS. Mountain Top Removal was produced and directed by two time Emmy award winner Michael C. O'Connell. The films executive producer is Gill Holland.

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