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Films on Stripmining and Mountaintop Removal Mining

Steve Fesenmaier, a research librarian at the West Virginia Library Commission with a long history in films and public libraries, has compiled a comprehensive list of coal mining films.

Steve Fesenmaier

Steve Fesenmaier

Films on Stripmining and Mountaintop Removal Mining

Sources are indicated.

They are arranged chronologically from
1971 BEFORE THE MOUNTAIN WAS MOVED
a 58 minute 16MM/VHS  from McGraw-Hill
to
2010 ON COAL RIVER
release month TBD

Green Planet Films distributes two films from this list:

Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars and
Burning the Future: Coal in America

Burning the Future: Coal in America

Burning the Future: Coal in America

Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars

Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars

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Because Steve is a researcher, the project doesn’t end with compiling a list …its all about stats.

Here are some interesting ones from his 11/08 report.

Web Resources –
There are 28,300 videos listed at YouTube with the word “coal” in their description. There are 175 films listed at YouTube about mountaintop removal mining.

Under “coal mining,” there are 658 videos listed. (10.17.08)

Google lists over 35,000 sites on MTR and over 4 million on “coal mining.”

WorldCat lists 56 DVDs on “coal mining.”

West Virginia Library Commission lists 18 DVDs and VHS films on “coal mining”

Pennsylvania State University, home to the papers of the UMWA, lists 74 films on “coal mining” in its library system

Tom Naniello’s 2003 version of his book, “Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds and Riffraff” has a list of 32 films on “Miners and Mining.”
Some of the above films are included in his list.

BBC has a wonderful website called “Nation on Film” that has posted many clips of footage showing mining in the northeast of England

Amazon.com only list 13 films on coal mining.

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also referring to Steve Fesenmaier’s  Films on Stripmining and Mountaintop Removal Mining list

Read Jeff Biggers interesting post in GRIST while touring Europe and speaking to disbelieved locals in Ireland and Italy about America’s continuing dependence on coal.

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