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Deep Down / Sunday, 23 May 2010 12:24

Community Cinema Screenings

In November 2010, Deep Down was screened in over 80 cities as part of Independent Lens' Community Cinema. 

Virtual Mine Launch Event

On November 10, 2010 Deep Down held it's Virtual Mine Launch Event in Second Life. Read more about the event here. View a video and pictures from the event below. 

Music Saves Mountains & Movies Save Mountains, May 19 & 20, 2010

In May of 2010, Deep Down participated in two high profile events in Nashville sponsored by our outreach partner, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). FIrst, on May 19th, the Deep Down trailer marked a mid-point in a star-studded line-up of musical acts at the Music Saves Mountains concert. Supporters, partners, and folks from all over the region who we met along the journey of production came from all of the Appalachian states. The sold-out crowd in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium rose to its feet while Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Big Kenny, and several other musicians joined their voices together to raise awareness for the issue of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

The following night, when Deep Down screened with the film Coal Country at the historic Belcourt Theater, Kathy Mattea told us that she too had felt the power in the room as she performed with her peers and new friends, saying "I had a couple overwhelming waves of emotion during the day," and "It was a moment I'll never forget. I had this moment standing on the stage thinking, this is the moment, where something bigger is happening -- where a movement becomes a movement."

When the lights came up after two films and performances, most of the audience stayed for the panel discussion with Mattea, Rob Perks from NRDC, the great activist Judy Bonds, Mary Lynn Evans, maker of Coal Country, Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin, directors of Deep Down, and Terry Ratliff, subject of Deep Down. The audience asked questions like, "what can we do?" And, "is this information reaching communities in the coalfields?" We never thought they'd ask, but are grateful they did.

This video contains words and introductions by author Silas House, performances by Kathy Mattea, and an edited version of the panel discussion in which the panelists speak about mountaintop removal, economic development, policies in Appalachian states and the U.S., solutions, and the power of social media. If you weren't there for the event, we encourage you to "talk back" on our web site with questions and comments on our talk back page.

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