THE REAL MCCOYS
(USA 22 mins)
Meet Nina and Mickey McCoy, anti-coal activists in the heart of the coalfields. Residents of Inez, KY (home to the US' largest coal sludge spill in history), they have been unable to drink their water for the past 9 years. The McCoys travel to Washington DC, where they decide to risk arrest - in the hopes of drawing attention to coal's devastation of their beloved landscape.
(USA 13 mins)
Directed by Scott Sullivan
One Man. One Steak. One Dream. Jack is turning 30 and he hasnâ€™t done anything with his life so far but heâ€™s figured out how to make his mark: Heâ€™s going to eat a steak. A really big steak. And if he does it in 30 minutes or less itâ€™s free!
DOWN IN NUMBER 5
(USA 8 mins)
Directed by Kim Spurlock
Retired coal miner Carl Short, 65, lives with his 40-year old, developmentally disabled son Sammy. Since his wife died several years ago, Carl has become Sammyâ€™s sole caretaker. He has grown extremely close to his son and relishes their time spent together.
Carl suffers from black lung and when money from a class action lawsuit fails to materialize, Carl realizes his options are running out. Who will take care of Sammy when he is gone? Carl turns to Raymond Atkins, Sammyâ€™s childhood friend and protector. But Raymond is now a middle-aged, single father overwhelmed by his own problems.
Rooted in the Southern Gothic storytelling tradition, 'Down in Number 5' is a tender portrait of a man pushed to his limits for the love of his son and a haunting rumination on family and community in Appalachia. Based on a true story.
(USA 4 mins)
A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes of stop-motion.
See also â€œCoal Countryâ€ in environmental films and â€œDavid Hostetler: The Last Danceâ€ in Art films for additional Appalachian focused films
Dramatic Appalachian Features