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.
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!
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.