il-pbs_logoDeep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, where coal is king, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. Check local listings to see it on PBS, get Deep Down on DVD, and if you've seen it, please talk back to let us know what you think.

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Deep Down
broadcasted on the Emmy-award winning PBS series Independent Lens in fall 2010 (November 23rd at 10:00pm in most markets.) It screened in hundreds of communities in the U.S. through ITVS's Community Cinema program and through our partner organizations.
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VIRTUAL MINE
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See for yourself! Explore a virtual mountaintop removal coal mine and play a game in our 3D mine game in Second Life. The game can also be used in classrooms with curriculum. Check out the Virtual Mine >
OUR PARTNERS
Deep Down was funded in part by the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Its public television station partner is Kentucky Educational Television. Our national outreach partner is the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and our major regional partner is the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC). More in About the film >

"Flawlessly filmed and edited and the storyline ingenious."
- San Francisco Examiner

"Appalachian people have always been portrayed as victims on film. Deep Down offers something completely new."
-- Burt Lauderdale, Executive Director of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

"The movie is powerful, and it led to a wonderful discussion of the power of community empowerment, grassroots organizing, and political engagement. Allow people to find their voice and great things can be done."
-- Michael Aldridge, Directory Kentucky ACLU, Louisville, KY

"Deep Down is a revelatory film, breathtakingly poignant and poetic, and goes beyond the politics of protest to look at the inexorably connected lives of Appalachian residents... Incredibly resilient and prepared, Beverly May, who works as a nurse at a clinic for those without insurance, might be one of the most endearing and powerful anti-mountaintop removal spokeswomen in the nation.”
-Jeff Biggers, The Huffington Post
"Deep Down is a revelatory film, breathtakingly poignant and poetic, and goes beyond the politics of protest to look at the inexorably connected lives of Appalachian residents... Incredibly resilient and prepared, Beverly May, who works as a nurse at a clinic for those without insurance, might be one of the most endearing and powerful anti-mountaintop removal spokeswomen in the nation.”
--Jeff Biggers, The Huffington Post


 

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