>Coal Countryto premiere at Kentucky Theatre
Herald-Leader Staff Report Coal Country is coming to Lexington’s Kentucky Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The film, by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Geller, will have its state premiere in a fund-raiser for the Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club.
A press release for the film says it “tells the story of the dramatic struggle” in Appalachian communities over mountaintop removal mining, and whether it is providing essential jobs or destroying land, water and air.
Dea Riley, a political consultant who is doing publicity for the film, said her environmentalist friends have told her the film doesn’t go far enough, and her pro-coal friends have said it is biased against them.
There will be pre-showing entertainment by singer/songwriters Kathy Mattea and Jean Ritchie, and a discussion afterward led by author Silas House, artist Jeff Chapman Crane and others.
Tickets are $25. There also is a pre-movie dinner reception at Natasha’s Restaurant with Mattea and Ritchie. Tickets to that, which include reserve seating at the Kentucky, are $125.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.kentucky.sierraclub.org/coalcountry.