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"Coal Rush" Premieres at Atlanta Film Festival
Coal Rush screening:
Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr NE # C212 Atlanta, GA 30308
Five years in the making, Coal Rush documents the communities’ relentless battle for justice and examines one of the worst, yet least publicized, industrial contamination disasters in the United States from all angles, including Massey Energy’s perspective.
Coal Rush deals with some of the most pressing social and environmental issues in America today — concerns over toxins in Americans’ tap water, rural poverty, alleged corporate malfeasance, and government failings — through the universally appealing story of a highly controversial legal saga.
In the summer of 2011, after seven years of litigation, the case ended only days before trial, with a $35 million settlement. Massey Energy admitted no wrongdoing, but only after a judge was recused and the case assigned by the West Virginia Supreme Court to a Mass Litigation Panel.
(Massey Energy is also under legal scrutiny for the Upper Big Branch mining explosion which caused the death of 29 men in on April 5, 2010.)
Coal Rush serves as a powerful example of how dedicated individuals uniting to defend a universal right can ring an alarm bell on the environmental hazards potentially affecting any of us — whether rural or urban — and reveals a disconcerting picture of the pollution of our nation’s water resources.
The Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy-Award-qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and held each April, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films.