Overburden

After a mine disaster kills her brother, a pro-coal activist joins forces with a tree-hugging environmentalist, to take on an industry that divides their community. 

Directors

Chad Stevens

Country

USA

Year

2015

Running Time

65 mins 

Watch the Film

http://thecoalwar.com

 

SFGFF Film Program:

SF Green Film Festival Screening: May 30, 2015

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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?

Update: 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.