FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2011
From: Berkshire International Film Festival
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Contact: Kelley Vickery, Executive Director – (413) 528-8030
Lauren Ferin, Executive Assistant
THE BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS A SPECIAL SCREENING OF
DAVID NOVACK’S AWARD-WINNING FILM BURNING THE FUTURE; COAL IN AMERICA
(Great Barrington, MA) – To kick-off the 2011 BIFF REEL Friends film series, the BIFF will present a special screening with director David Novack and his award-winning film BURNING THE FUTURE; COAL IN AMERICA. The film will be presented on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Triplex with Mr. Novack in attendance. In conjunction with the screening, Berkshire photographer Jason Houston will also show his photo exhibit People of the Forest which deals with the effects of deforestation.
In BURNING THE FUTURE; COAL IN AMERICA, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local activists watch a world blind to the devastation caused by coal’s extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our 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. The screening of the film is especially timely as the company, Massey Energy Company who has recently been featured in the news, is highlighted in the film as is activist Maria Gunnoe, who was a friend of the recently deceased activist Judy Bonds and also a recipient of the Goldman Prize for her activism against the Massey Energy Company.
Immediately following the film, a discussion with Mr. Novack will be held, who recently returned from China where the US State Department hosted a tour of Burning the Future at festivals and universities as well as Orion Outreach Coordinator and Contributor, Erik Hoffner.
The film and discussion are open to the public at a matinee price and free for REEL FRIENDS. Seating is limited to this event, therefore we advise members to make reservations by contacting Lauren Ferin at the BIFF at 413-528-8030. For more information about future BIFF programs, please visit www.biffma.org.
BIFF 2011 will be held June 2-5, and film submissions are now open.