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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Park Slope Documentary Film Director David Novack Screens “Burning the Future: Coal in America”

Friday, October 24th @ 7:30pm Cost: FREE

David Novack, whose new documentary film on coal and the environment has electrified film festivals this season, brings his work home to Park Slope on Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm for a screening sponsored by the Social Action Committee of the Park Slope United Methodist Church. “Burning the Future: Coal in America” is the first of the Social Action Committee’s films and forums for the fall season. The event is free and open to the public. Novack will speak following the screening.

This film documents the violence of mountaintop removal coal mining and the groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Every eleven and one-half days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky – for coal.

Novack’s film documents the efforts of local residents to resist the impact of emerging coal-based global energy policies on their lives and health. As the world praises coal, this film records the devastation caused by its extraction: toxic ground water; the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains; and a government that appeases industry.

“This compelling and timely film burns through the ‘clean coal’ rhetoric of industry front groups, showing the harsh truth of the coal story,” said Bruce Niles, Director of the National Coal Campaign for the Sierra Club. For more information of on the film and its recent awards, visit www.burningthefuture.com.

David Novack has been a producer, post supervisor, and associate producer for a number of documentary films and television series, including episodes of “Frontline,” from PBS/WGBBH. He is also a re-recording mixer and sound designer. He lives in Park Slope with his wife and two children.

WHAT: Film screening of “Burning the Future: Coal in America” and discussion with director

WHERE: Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 6th Ave. @ 8th St.

WHEN: Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm


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