Sunday Meeting - Deborah Wallace: “Digging Deep: Telling the Truth About America’s Coal Companies”

Date: 
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Location: 
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Deborah will discuss the ways that bad corporate actors divide and conquer across the spectrum of social justice by pitting groups whose aims would ordinarily be in alignment against each other. Specifically, we’ll look at the Appalachian region, which because of its relative isolation provides a particularly clear portrait of this problem.

We’ll then look at ways that media makers can engage and contextualize emerging narratives in an ethical, responsible manner while giving a platform to the unheard and perspective to the unversed.

We live in an age where the proliferation of counter-factual news, requires that new and trustworthy sources of information be created. But is it not equally critical to create work that synthesizes that information meaningfully and accurately in narrative form? Films and other forms of storytelling are among the best tools we have to inform and unite advocacy organizations focused on issues of social justice and to combat the campaigns of disinformation that bad actors employ.

Deborah 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.

Shared charity: Poverty Initiative/Kairos Center