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March 25: Fresh Docs Screens “Coal Ash Chronicles”


A film still from Rhiannon Fionn’s “Coal Ash Chronicles”

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Rhiannon Fionn’s Coal Ash Chronicles, a compilation of experiences and viewpoints from all sides of the coal ash issue. The film will screen at CDS and is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback. View the extended trailer here.

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

Coal Ash Chronicles
Friday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Coal ash is an industrial trash, the second-largest source of waste in America. It’s mostly unregulated and, since the 2014 Dan River spill in North Carolina, it has become a political hot potato and the state has arguably become the epicenter of the coal-ash debate. Charlotte-based independent and award-winning journalist Rhiannon Fionn followed the story during a multi-year road trip from Charlotte to Alaska and all pertinent points in-between, chronicling experiences and viewpoints from all sides of the issue. Since she began researching and reporting on coal ash in 2009, and filming in 2012, more than 400 North Carolina citizens have been warned not to drink their well water, Duke Energy pleaded guilty to multiple violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act in federal court, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a toothless regulation, and South—not North—Carolina has become a leader when it comes to coal ash cleanups. The film takes a hard look not only at the people involved and their experiences but also at potential solutions to this solvable environmental and health hazard.

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist who has researched and reported on coal ash waste since 2009. In addition to the film Coal Ash Chronicles, she is also working on a nonfiction book about coal ash. Rhiannon is based in Charlotte, though she’s regularly on the road as the national spokesperson for Working Films’ Coal Ash Stories program. Coal Ash Chronicles screened at the 2014 Cucalorus Film Festival as a work-in-progress feature film.

One Response to “March 25: Fresh Docs Screens “Coal Ash Chronicles””

  1. alan Longman says:

    this is about what can be done, or developed to be done in the recycling of Rare Earth Metals from coal ash. information can be obtain from the website gradientcorp.com. Although this process is not perfected. Duke energy , the worlds largest utility, along with researchers in both commercial and university research can process Rare Earth Metals, needed by new energy technologies such as solar energy, could not only recycle safely the coal ash but may be able to pay most of the cost by the sell of the ore. Again the technology is not yet perfected, but Duke energy can develop a working proto-type, which when or if perfected can be used in other nations with a coal ash problem. Most of the information can be received at Gradientcorp.com

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