PIKEVILLE, Ky. - "Killing Coal Country," a documentary about the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, will debut at the University of Pikeville Film and Media Arts Festival in Pikeville, Kentucky, on Saturday, April 8. The screening will take place at 5:15 p.m. in the Booth Auditorium on campus. The festival is open to the public with free admission.
"I am very excited about this opportunity to show my documentary," filmmaker Slater Teague said in a news release. "A lot of filming took place in the Pikeville area, so this is a perfect location to debut my film."
Teague, a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University, filmed and edited "Killing Coal Country" originally as a project for one of his mass communication classes at ETSU. Eventually, he decided to turn his school project into an independent film.
"This is the most ambitious project I have ever undertaken," Teague said in the release. "I am thrilled to finally see it come to fruition."
The documentary is about the recent decline of the coal industry in Appalachia. It discusses the so-called "war on coal" and its impact on coal country.
Starting on Tuesday, April 11, "Killing Coal Country" will be available for online streaming and download on Vimeo on Demand. It will also be available on DVD, however, supply is limited. For more information, visit www.killingcoalcountry.com.
The UPIKE FMA Fest is an annual film festival sponsored by the University of Pikeville Film & Media Arts program. The two-day festival, set for Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, will screen films from high school students, college students and professional filmmakers. For more information, visit www.fmafest.org.