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Wow. It's been 2 1/2 years since this campaign, and look at how far we've come!

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For one thing, there's a "we." When I first began the "Coal Ash Chronicles" project, it was just me, but over the course of these couple years many folks have helped get us here.

When I launched this Kickstarter campaign in the spring of 2012 the goal was to write a book. Only, I was recording my interviews and when I returned home to watch them I realized the people I'd spoken to, on all sides of the issue, should be seen and heard. And so the documentary film was born.

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I'm a writer, not a filmmaker; I've joked that I've put myself through indie film school, but the truth is many wonderfully talented folks -- like Kevin J. Beaty, a videographer, and Nell Carden Grey, a film editor ... among a couple dozen others -- stepped up to push and tug the project to where it is today.

And today, I'm preparing to take off for the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, N.C., where "Coal Ash Chronicles," the film, will screen as a work-in-progress. (Join us!) At the festival, the film will be work-shopped and community members and other filmmakers will offer their feedback. Then it's back to editing for Nell and I as we work to finish the film and launch all of these coal-ash stories into the world.

We could use a push, so we've started another Kickstarter campaign. In the video, you'll see a few of the people who have graciously shared their coal-ash stories with us from one of the 46 states we've been to or through over the past couple years.

We're trying to have a little fun with it: In addition to pledge rewards, the person who shares the campaign's link the most will win my Queen of Coal Ash crown (it's actually a hardhat ... but it's our piece of movie memorabilia!). 

Please consider supporting "Coal Ash Chronicles" once more by sharing the link to the new campaign and making a pledge as a way to let the world know that you, too, care about coal ash pollution in the U.S.

Thanks so much!
Rhiannon Fionn

P.S. If you're in Charlotte, we'll be bringing a bit of the festival to you: We're screening our work-in-progress on Nov. 18 at UNCC Uptown. Click for details.

Coal Ash Chronicles, the film.

Goodness! It's been over a year since my last update in this space.

In that time, Coal Ash Chronicles the book has morphed into Coal Ash Chronicles the film. Here's why: Once I returned home and began watching the interviews I'd filmed, I realized that people need to hear and see the coal ash stories I've been collecting their selves, without my interpretation.

With that, I dove into the film-making world ... and oy vey is it complex! I'm fortunate in that the project has attracted several stellar, knowledgeable volunteers and contributors. I'm also grateful for film makers who are willing help me zoom around the learning curve.

With that, I'd like to share some of our footage with you:

 As the above video indicates, we're again working to raise money so that we can finish this project -- so, editing, sound correction, production insurance, lawyers fees, travel expenses, equipment, etc. -- and share the coal ash stories we've collected with the world.

I'm delighted to say that we've almost matched what was pledged during our Kickstarter campaign, but we still have a long way to go.

You can help by donating and spreading the word. And, believe it when I tell you that every l'il bit helps!

Thank you for your support. And, stay tuned for more updates.

Best wishes,
Rhiannon Fionn

Hey everybody ... guess what?

First of all, I'd like to sincerely thank all of you once again for supporting Coal Ash Chronicles. I know the Kickstarter campaign was a bust, but I've charged ahead anyway.

Second, I drove to Alaska!

That's right: I spent much of July traveling across the United States and Canada. I visited Fairbanks, Alaska, for three weeks. There, citizens are dealing with the coal ash issue in a much different way than they are in my home state of North Carolina. In Fairbanks, tons -- literally - of coal ash are "stored" in unlined, uncovered piles that can show up just about anywhere, including in your neighbor's yard, and it's only barely regulated. (The piles of "stored" ash aren't regulated at all, by the way.)

While there, I collected several personal stories from community members, public officials, and scholars. I'm working to edit and upload them now. Most of the photos the citizens gave me are already online. (If you'd like to take a peek click here.)

Currently, I'm in Seattle, Washington, getting the run around from the U.S. Environmental Agency -- their region 10 office, which covers Alaska, is located here, working on CoalAshChronicles.com (which is now live!), and reaching out to community members dealing with a sister issue -- coal dust.

I'm also pondering a Kickstarter Rhi-do. So far, I've been self-funding this project (big props to my husband, Dan, who is not only supportive, but encourages me). Though, at some point I'm going to have to ask for help again ... and that time is approaching.

As you know, I came close to raising $3,000 last time -- which is amazing, and I thank you very much. And as you also know, since I didn't reach my goal, I didn't receive a dime ... and so you didn't receive your rewards. (/sadface)

I'm still trying to figure out the details of a Rhi-do campaign, while studying other successful ones. So, stay tuned. In the meantime, if you're willing and able, here's how you can help now:

Oh, and have a little fun, too: Take a coal ash quiz!

Again, thank you again for your support. I'll let you know how things go, and when I launch the Kickstarter Rhi-do.

Love and hugs,


Photo: The Aurora Energy plant in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. Taken by Stephen Cysewski.

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Coal Ash Chronicles' Earth Day Poster

Big thanks to Morgan Kinne, a student at Winthrop University, for creating this flier.

Please help us spread the word.

Thank you.

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(Almost) ready to launch, and a new way to share your coal ash story

The Coal Ash Chronicles web designer, John Cloer, says the website (www.coalashchronicles.com) is almost ready to launch.

And! We've added a new feature, "Share Your Story," to the page so that anyone can share their personal coal ash stories, photos and videos with the project from the comfort of their own home and without waiting on me to visit their area of the country.

By anyone, we mean it: We want to hear from people on all sides of the coal ash issue -- folks who live near coal ash impoundments or dumps, industry workers, scientists, environmentalists, government officials, people who want to see coal ash regulated, people who don't ... any- and everyone. So, get your stories ready, because we're about to start collecting them.

While we wait on the official launch, feel free to share your story on the "Coal Ash Chronicles" Facebook page. A couple of people have already, so check them out.

In the meantime, don't forget to demonstrate your support by pressing the big green "Back This Project" button and making a pledge. It's going to take a lot of us pledging a little and spreading the word to make this Kickstarter campaign successful.

Got questions? Check out the FAQ section. Have more questions? Ask! rhi (at) coalashchronicles.com.

An early mockup of the website:

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