BLOOD ON THE MOUNTAIN is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from industrial control in West Virginia. This new feature documentary details the struggles of a hard-working, misunderstood people, who have historically faced limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich, natural resources of their land. Blood on the Mountain delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population, exploited and besieged by corporate interests, and abandoned by the powers elected to represent them.
Discussion will be led by Blood on The Mountain's producer, and Sunday's platform speaker, Deborah Wallace.
Deborah Wallace is an Emmy-nominated Producer and Director working in both film and theatre. As Co-Artistic Director of the multi award-winning International WOW Company she collaborated on the production of more than 20 works for the stage and screen including the Academy Award nominated, Emmy winning documentary film, Gasland. Deborah produced its sequel Gasland, Part II for HBO, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and went on to win the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary, Cinema Eye Honors Hell Yeah! Award and Wild & Scenic Film festival’s Best of Festival. In addition, Wallace produced the short films The Sky is Pink, Divest, Gaswork, and Occupy Sandy. She recently completed Blood on the Mountain, a feature detailing the struggle for labor rights in the coalmines of West Virginia, which was the recipient of several festival awards and was released by Netflix in May, 2017. Wallace’s original work for the theater has been presented by HERE Arts, The Ohio Theater, Ars Nova, New Dance Group and the Incubator Arts Project. Currently, she is working on the documentary features American Psyche an investigation of the Trump phenomena, Brave Girls, a film chronicling the struggle of young Muslim women seeking an education in India and the documentary series The Day Will Come, a history of the early leaders of Britain’s Labour party.