About the Project (And why you should care)
America has just been through the most divisive presidential election in living history. The only thing people seem to agree on: we do not know enough about each other's lives and needs. In Appalachia, there is a population the rest of the country rarely hears from or about.
Our nation’s appetite for cheap energy and steel has placed enormous burdens upon the land and people of Appalachia, turning a once pristine wilderness into a poisoned wasteland while sentencing those who live there to a life of toil in the depths of the coal mines.
Because of the tremendous wealth of natural resources that lay beneath the mountains, the lines between business and government have always been blurred, and at times, non-existent.
As we continue into a new era for this nation, Appalachia offers a powerful example of what can happen when corporations gain too much control within our political system, and even our culture.
We made Blood On The Mountain to expose their tactics and show the consequences.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the Los Angeles Times had to say about the film:
"[Blood on the Mountain] is practically a textbook about how ravenous corporations and feckless government can strip-mine the souls of workers, and replace them with a political narrative about their problems that keeps reality forever hidden behind a fine, dusty fog."
These injustices are CONTINUING TO OCCUR NOT JUST IN APPALACHIA, but in places all throughout this nation and the world.
It will only get worse if we don’t take action.
Why We Need Your Help
Blood on the Mountain invites us to step up in the continuing struggle for human rights.
We believe the awareness awakened by the stories in this film can foster a deeper conversation about corporate-public relationships, corporate dependency, and the need for a just transition—especially in extraction areas like the coalfields of Appalachia.
We know this film elicits rage from our audiences towards the injustices it portrays. Rage, by itself, does nothing. We want to make that rage useful, to channel it into community action in the fight against every type of social injustice, be it environmental, labor, or economic.
For this film to reach its full effectiveness, it must be shown to as many people as possible and audiences must be given a means to take action in their own communities.
Your funding will allow us to create the essential campaign tools, including curricula and educational guides, needed to inspire positive action through environmental activism, labor rights advocacy, political reform, and the promotion of sustainability in communities across the nation.
We would like to provide the film for free screenings across the country, in homes, union halls, churches, and community gatherings. For community screenings in Appalachia, we will bring along a whole host of experts with us at every stop to provide communities with concrete tools that will get them empowered and working towards a better future for Appalachia.
We have 60 days to raise $25,000 to make this happen. With your help, we know we can do it.
Risks and challenges
The film is complete. Now our biggest challenge is funding this outreach and making sure the film becomes used to its fullest potential—taking back labor rights, ending the exploitation of Appalachia, and bringing a just transition to millions of people who desperately need it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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