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By Jordan Freeman
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About this project

We need you to help us send LOW COAL to the world. Help us tell the stories of the coal fields of Appalachia. We are asking our friends and supporters to help us fund needed screenings, events, and distribution by giving what you can now.
We have fully funded the film to its completion, but we need your help to fund the screenings---to get the message out. By supporting LOW COAL you can be the first to get the dvd and lots of other great benefits.

Thank you for your support and your commitment to stop MTR and the devastation of the Appalachian land and people.

To view the film, visit lowcoal.com, and click the 'watch low coal' link.

First, your donation will go to fund a first-run of DVDs. Once we have the first run funded, we feel confident that we can continue to get DVDs made from proceeds from the first batch.

Your donations will also fund film festival entrance fees, which range from $40-100 per festival. There is no guarantee of acceptance, so we want to enter as many as possible, focusing on Environmental and Human Rights festivals. These costs add up quickly.

In addition to travel to and from festivals, we want to screen the film for free in as many places as possible. If someone wants to have a showing of the film, or show it as a benefit, they will be able to do it without a screening fee.

We intend to show this film in schools, at churches, in living rooms, on bedsheets strung between trees, and on the sides of buildings. Occasionally, though, it will make sense to rent venues and have larger events. In order to keep costs down for attendees at these events, we intend to attempt to raise these costs up front.

We set the goal as a modest minimum to get this project off the ground. The more money we raise here, the bigger venues and more showings we will be able to do. Every dollar will go towards making this the project the project it has the potential to be, and we cannot do this without your help.

Project description-
Low Coal is an exploration of what it's like to live with the coal industry. Telling the stories of activists and injured miners, Low Coal makes the case that strong and resilient Appalachian communities are paying a heavy price for the benefits to the region that the coal industry provides.
This price is paid by the people in the areas around the mines, whether or not they have a formal relationship with the mining industry.
The film profiles UMWA members who have worked to improve conditions in the deep mines, and shows what it was like for the community around the Upper Big Branch mine disaster. It also shows what it's like for people who are having their family histories and communities destroyed by Mountaintop Removal.
The film makes a strong effort to distinguish between purely profit-driven mine companies, like Massey Energy, and the individuals who are tasked with doing difficult, dangerous, and thankless work of mining coal.

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    Special Thanks on the Low Coal Website!

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    For a $15 pledge, you will receive a copy of the DVD from the first run, made possible with this grant.

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    For a $25 pledge, you will receive DVD copies of Low Coal and Coal Country.

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    For a $50 pledge, you will receive signed DVD's of both Low Coal and Coal Country

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    For a $100 pledge, you will receive Low Coal and Coal Country DVDs, and a copy of the Coal Country book, all signed.

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    For a $250 pledge, you will receive all of the above, plus a signed Wes Freed print of the Coal Country poster.

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