The Last Mountain

Wednesday, April 11th, 7:30pm
Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium, 195 Prospect St

In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. 

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

A passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in, The Last Mountain shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.

Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Bill Haney, Maria Gunnoe of OVEC, and Kristin Tracz of MACED. Moderated by Laura Bozzi, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Update: Unforuntately, Bill Haney can no longer join us.

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About the Filmmaker

Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning documentary and narrative features for ten years. He is co-founder of Uncommon Productions. His most recent feature documentary, The Price of Sugar, which he wrote, produced and directed, was short-listed for an Academy Award, nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award and was the recipient of numerous other honors, including the Gabriel Award and the Audience Award at South by Southwest. The documentary A Life Among Whales, which he directed and produced, takes a look at one man’s lifelong passion for the wild and won numerous awards including a Silver Hugo and the Earthwatch Film Award.

In addition to filmmaking, Haney is founder of the eco-housing startup Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener, healthier and more affordable.  He is also chairman of World Connect, a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400 developing world villages.

Preceded By: Chasing Water

20 min. In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 7:30pm
Kroon Hall, Burke Auditorium, 195 Prospect St

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2011
Running Time: 85 Min.


Director: Bill Haney
Writers: Bill Haney, Peter Rhodes
Producers: Clara Bingham, Eric Grunebaum, Bill Haney
Co-Producer: Laura Longsworth
Executive Producers: Tim Disney, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Tim Rockwood
Cinematographers: Jerry Risius, Stephen McCarthy, Tim Hotchner
Editor: Peter Rhodes

2012 Films & Events

· Bananas!*
· Bestiaire
· Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
· Chimpanzee
· Colin Beavan, ‘No Impact Man’
· Eating Alabama
· EFFY After Dark
· Enjoy Your Meal!
· Filmmaking Workshop with Andrew Grace
· Surviving Progress
· The Atomic States of America
· The Island President
· The Last Mountain
· The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
· The Whale