October 30: Fall Fresh Docs Continues With “After Coal,” Stories of New Beginnings in Kentucky and Wales

Coal abandoned on a belt line at a mine in Harlan County, Kentucky. Photo by Tom Hansell.

Coal abandoned on a belt line at a mine in Harlan County, Kentucky. Photo by Tom Hansell.

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Tom Hansell’s After Coal, about the new futures being built in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the filmmaker(s) during which the audience provides valuable feedback.

After Coal
Friday, October 30, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must RESERVE A TICKET via Eventbrite. 

What happens when fossil fuels run out? After Coal explores the Welsh and Appalachian experience with coal, profiling inspiring individuals who are creating a new future in these hard hit communities. Viewers will meet ex-miners who are using theater to rebuild community infrastructure, women who started out supporting striking miners and ended up forging their own paths, and young people striving to stay in their home communities.  Music plays a major role in the film as a link between the two regions and a source of cultural continuity that sustains communities through devastating change.

Tom Hansell’s documentary work has been broadcast nationally on public television and has screened at international film festivals. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hansell’s most recent documentary project, The Electricity Fairy screened at the Museum of Modern Art and was selected by the Southern Arts Association for the Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers.  Hansell teaches for the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina. After Coal is his first international project.

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