Black Diamonds, a documentary that explores the human and environmental
costs of mountaintop removal coal mining, will screen at the Museum of
Modern Art (MoMA) as part of their Documentary Fortnight festival on Feb
14, 2007, 6pm and march 3rd.
full press release w/ additional info:
From Appalachian Voices:
We wanted to let you know of an exciting event that will educate and inspire people to action about mountaintop removal coal mining. We hope that you are able to attend this event on February 14th or March 2nd. Please forward to anyone you know that cares about the environmental and human rights issues.
Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight For Coalfield Justice by filmmaker Catherine Pancake will have its New York City premiere at the prestigious “Documentary Fortnight Series” at the Museum of Modern Art. The MoMA series showcases 32 nonfiction films and videos from around the globe that address a range of contemporary national and international issues. Pancake is a native of the state of West Virginia and now resides in Baltimore, MD.
The Black Diamonds screening will take place on Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York City.
After the screening, Pancake will lead a Q&A session with notable coal field activists Julia Bonds and Maria Gunnoe. Julia Bonds has been featured in O Magazine, Vanity Fair, and numerous other publications for her valiant and successful efforts to stop mountaintop removal in West Virginia. She has spoken on behalf of WV residents at the United Nations and received the Goldman Prize in 2003. Maria Gunnoe has been featured in Orion Magazine & PBS/Bill Moyers. She has survived numerous death threats and acts of violence to continue to fight for an end to mountaintop removal adjacent to her home in Bobwhite, WV. An additional screening of Black Diamonds will take place at MoMA on Sunday March 2nd at 2:00 p.m.
Washington Post Film Critic Ann Hornaday called “Black Diamonds” “…A riveting and ultimately energizing documentary… provides a convincing case for ending the environmental scourge of decapitating mountains…”
Black Diamonds and filmmaker Pancake have won numerous awards and recognitions including:
Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media Award
Jack Spadaro Documentary Award
“Silver Chris (Best of Science Technology Division)” award at the 55th Annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival (also known as the “Chris Awards.”)
Finalist, North American Assn for Environmental Education/Albert I Pierce Foundation Film & Video Festival
Maryland Individual Artist Award
The film has been shown in numerous film festivals, universities, conferences, churches, and independent theaters including: Kansas International Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival, Takoma Park Film Festival, Rotunda Cinematheque in Baltimore, University of Kentucky, VA Tech, and more.
I hope you can make it out and a bring a friend too!
For the mountains,
Appalachian Voices, a partner organization of www.iLoveMountains.org
191 Howard St.
Boone, NC 28607
Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve
the environmental problems having the greatest impact
on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.
Joining with other concerned citizens of this region
is the most effective way to make your voice heard.
Please join Appalachian Voices today, visit
www.appvoices.org or call toll free 877-APP-VOICE.
2008-02-07 21:51:10 UTC
Feb 22 2008
New York, NY