Hansell's documentary recognized
"The Electricity Fairy," a documentary directed by Appalachian Studies faculty member Tom Hansell at Appalachian State University, has been selected by SouthArts for the prestigious Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Hansell will present his work at six selected sites across the South from April 11-19.
"The Electricity Fairy" examines America's national addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. The film follows the story of a proposed coal-fired power plant in the mountains of southwest Virginia, connecting the local controversy to the national debate over energy policy.
Coal produces half of America's electricity, and the energy policy currently before Congress identifies coal as a key to America's "energy independence." Present-day documentary footage is remixed with early educational films, connecting past policy to America's current energy crisis.
Hansell teaches Appalachian studies and documentary studies at Appalachian and produces his documentaries through the internationally acclaimed Appalshop Media Arts Center ( http://www.appalshop.org) in Whitesburg, Ky.
He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. This most recent documentary project premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010.
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