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Appalachian Film Festival Opens Sept. 20 with Coal Country, runs Through Sept. 23

Movies every night at 7:30 pm in NTTC auditorium.

WHEELING, WV, Sept. 14, 2010 - The Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University is hosting its second annual Appalachian Film Festival Monday Sept. 20, through Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) auditorium on Wheeling Jesuit's campus at 7:30 p.m.

Each night features exciting, relevant films on Appalachian issues and a buffet of free food from local vendors. The public is invited to enjoy the films and discussion that follows.

Film Line-Up:

Monday, Sept. 20: Coal Country: This film directed by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller reveals the controversy over mountaintop removal coal mining. Coal Country brings viewers inside the lives of Appalachian communities who are directly affected by this ever increasing and little understood mining practice.

Tuesday, Sept. 21: Toxic Soup: You think you know you're own backyard? Think again! This documentary, directed by Rory Delaney, shows that something is wrong as everyday Americans fight to protect their air, water, and blood from pollution. This is the first screening of Toxic Soup in W.Va., per director Rory Delaney.

Wednesday, Sept. 22: Harlan County War: Academy Award winning actress Holly Hunter heads up this film focusing on the violent mine wars in Harlan County, Ky. The film, directed by Tony Bill, focuses on love, loss, and labor movement, in the heart of mining country.

Thursday, Sept. 23: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: New York filmmaker, Ken Fink, spent two years in McDowell, County, W.Va. as a filmmaker-in-residence for the school systems. His film focus shifts from three men with very different outlooks on life a retired miner, a black middle-aged miner, and a longhaired hippy fellow who left the mountains, only to return. Each give their attitudes toward their profession, reflecting the deep frustrations involved.

For more information, please contact VISTA worker Beth Dale at 304-243-6241 or edale@wju.edu.

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