King Coal


August 11—August 17, 2023


Firehouse: DCTV’s Cinema for Documentary Film
87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013



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Watch the New York debut of Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s (2021 Grantee) Creative Capital project King Coal, a lyrical tapestry of a place and people. King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, the myths it has created. While deeply situated in Central Appalachia, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.

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