"Coal Rush" Premieres at Atlanta Film Festival

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"Coal Rush" Premieres at Atlanta Film Festival

 The new documentary Coal Rush has been accepted into the competitive Atlanta Film Festival, where it will have its worldwide premiere on March 29. The documentary examines what happened when a few hundred people living in small communities in Mingo County, West Virginia, took on the fourth-largest coal company in the United States.

The rural residents came to believe that illnesses that were killing and sickening their family members and neighbors might not be acts of God, but instead, acts of corporate environmental wrongdoing. They accused Massey Energy of contaminating the well water of more than 700 people, after the coal company dumped billions of gallon of toxic coal slurry underground near their homes. 


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.

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