But a new film seeks to illuminate a quieter but no less dramatic struggle between environmentalists and the energy industry: the fight for the Appalachian mountains and the coal they contain.
The Last Mountain, which lands in U.S. theaters next month, is a passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in.
Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of an eco-housing start-up, The Last Mountain argues that the mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.
“In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscapes to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many,” said Harvey.
“With politicians siding with their corporate donors, it falls to a rag tag army of local activists to stand alone for the welfare of their families, their heritage and for a principled and sound energy future. Our film is their film — the uplifting story of the power of ordinary citizens to remake the future when they have the determination and courage to do so.”
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