Deep Down, an Independent Lens film

Deep Down, an Independent Lens film

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pictured: Coal mining billboard.

Credit: Courtesy of Jen Gilomen

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screenings of the Independent Lens feature film Deep Down.

Join us Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. as WXXI's Community Cinema presents a screening of Deep Down. The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios and followed by a panel discussion with Ed Przybylowicz,  Marcellus Shale Committee; Frank Regan,; and Margie Campaigne, Sierra Club.

Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposite sides of a debate that divides their community and the world — who controls, consumes, and benefits from the planet's dwindling supply of natural resources? In a small town in dire economic straits and high unemployment, the coal company’s offer to buy land and provide jobs can be hard to resist. What can a community do when it must choose between its present and its future?

This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Independent Lens features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns.

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