The Emmy nominations are in and several Independent Lens docs and ITVS-funded films have been recognized. You can find a complete list of all the nominated films after the jump. Congratulations to the filmmakers!
Last month Independent Lens aired Deep Down, a film about the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining on a Kentucky community. As part of the outreach for this film, the filmmakers created a virtual mine in Second Life to personalize the experience for viewers and to maximize the educational reach of the film. Our own Jonathan Archer virtually attended the unveiling of the mine and filed this report. Enjoy and take a minute to escape the holiday travel and play Deep Down in Second Life!
In my regular life as programming coordinator at ITVS, I’m Jonathan Archer. But for an hour on the evening of Wednesday, November 10th, I was Strasberg Adamcyk.
That’s the name of my avatar in Second Life, the world’s leading online virtual world. I was visiting a virtual Appalachia to participate in the launch event of The Virtual Mine, an innovative, immersive educational experience from the filmmakers of the documentary Deep Down. The film is about mountaintop removal mining and its effects on the residents of Maytown, Kentucky.
Deep Down Film Brings Kentucky’s Mountaintop Removal Battle to PBS Viewers
Deep Down is an exceptional film, and a profoundly informative one, and should be required viewing for every American in our 48 states that burns coal–especially the new junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul.
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Tell Me More: Investigating Indian Brothers’ Fate In Lost Sparrow
Two Crow Indian brothers had run away from the white Baptist family that adopted them out of a troubled home on the Crow reservation in Montana. Over seven years in their adoptive home, they had discovered a dark secret and were headed back to the reservation when they were killed. Host Michel Martin talks with filmmaker Chris Billing about his documentary Lost Sparrow, which details his quest to find out what happened to his adoptive brothers and to confront a painful family history.
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Deep Down airs tonight on Independent Lens at 10 PM (check local listings). Set in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, the documentary examines one community’s contentious battle over a proposed mountain removal coal mine.
Watch Independent Lens tonight as filmmakers Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen put a human face on the consequences of our environmental impact.
As we watched the sold-out crowd in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium rise 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, it dawned on us: as of today, we are officially part of a movement.
This week, Deep Down participated in two Nashville events with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). On May 19th, the Deep Down trailer was shown in the middle of a star-studded line-up of musical acts at the Music Saves Mountains concert at the Ryman. The following night, when Deep Down screened with Coal Country at the historic Belcourt Theater, country music star Kathy Mattea told us, “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.”