Coal Country screened at DragonFly Nov. 17

Article Published: Nov. 12, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Coal Country screened at DragonFly Nov. 17

Appalachian Voices and AIRE will host a screening of Coal Country at the DragonFly Theater & Pub Nov. 17.

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The Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) and Appalachian Voices will host a screening of the documentary, Coal Country, at Boone's Dragonfly Theater & Pub on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. - with a second screening of the film at 8 p.m. The film explores the dramatic struggle and tension around the mining and use of coal for electricity production in the Appalachian Region.

Individuals from AIRE and Appalachian Voices will be present to discuss the grave environmental impacts of coal mining and consumption in the region and the promise and economic affluence offered by the responsible development of Appalachia's renewable energy resources.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the offices of Appalachian Voices at 191 West Howard St. or AIRE at 164 South Depot St. in downtown Boone. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit AIRE and their continuing mission to encourage and advance community driven environmentally sensitive renewable energy development throughout our Appalachian Region.

According to the film's Web site, "Coal Country is a dramatic look at modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear from miners and coal company officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people. Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side. Families have lived in the region for generations, and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but MTR (Mountain Top Removal mining which has leveled over 500 Appalachian mountains) is tearing them apart. We need to understand the meaning behind promises of 'cheap energy' and 'clean coal.' Are they achievable? At what cost? Are there alternatives to our energy future?"

The production features music by Kathy Mattea, Natalie Merchant, John Prine, Willie Nelson and many other artists.

The DragonFly Theater & Pub is located at 215 Boone Heights Drive. For more information, call (828) 262-3222.

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