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Overburden

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Chad A. Stevens

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About the Movie

When an errant spark ignited the methane leaking in the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010, a fireball ripped through miles of underground tunnels in Appalachia’s coal country, killing everything it touched – including 29 men. In the aftermath of the devastating explosion, two former political enemies are united by the toll the disaster takes on their families and community: a right-wing pro-coal activist joins forces with a tree-hugging grandmother to take down the most dangerous coal company in the United States.

Customer Reviews

Moving doc with wonderful characters

So glad I invested the time to watch this doc. Wonderfully moving, intimate look at the challenging world of coal mining in Appalachia. Love how the filmmaker engages characters on all sides of the coal debate, revealing the complexities of the issue and bringing us deeply into their world. Great work! Highly recommend.

This needs to catch fire!

I wish more people would watch this. I’ve been dying to watch it and so glad I finally could. I know there was A LOT of material you guys had to work with and you did a great job with the weight of the material. This should do for the coal industry what Conspiracy has done for big ag. The message of this needs be spread more. Thanks for having the courage to take on this beast of a topic. It’s easy to lose faith when you’re up against a giant like this, but progress comes in small steps by strong people. A couple decades ago, people thought that no one could take on big tobacco. It finally happened. So keep the faith. And get this documentary out to more people!

Amazing documentary by a good friend

I spent more than a year living in Coal River, working with Lorelei Scarbro and Coal River Mountain Watch under the tutelage and friendship of Judy Bonds, Vernon Haltom, Matt Noerpel and so many residents around Coal River Mountain. It was an honor and a life-changing experience to be a part of the Coal River Wind campaign, which is featured in the first half of Chad Stevens’ film. Chad captured not only the heart and hopes behind the wind campaign, but also the devastation that profit-driven coal companies have wreaked on the mountains and communities of Coal River. I recommend that anyone—from residents of the coalfields to folks first being awakened to the impact that our nation’s energy addiction has on people and the environment—take the time to watch this film. I cannot express how grateful I am to Chad and his team for all of their hard work in making this film.

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