In Burning the Future: Coal in America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, the film’s heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation's help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.
UPDATE: Maria Gunnoe, the heroine of "Burning the Future: Coal in America," was awarded the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize in North America -- essentially the Nobel Prize for grassroots work for the environment. Congratulations Maria!
Click here to read about Maria and other Goldman Prize recipients.
The Burning the Future website features links to articles and calls to action
Read Variety's review
Read the June 5, 2012 AlterNet article, Maria Gunnoe Testifies Before Congress: Mountaintop Removal is Killing People