The primary trailer drops immediately for 25 New Faces of Film alum Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s King Coal, the filmmaker’s meditative hybrid doc on the impression of the coal business (and the substance itself) on Central Appalachia. The movie premiered at Sundance this yr within the NEXT part and can arrive in choose theaters across the nation for restricted engagements starting subsequent month.
Per an official synopsis:
A lyrical tapestry of a spot and folks, King Coal meditates on the advanced historical past and way forward for the coal business, the communities it has formed, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly lovely and deeply shifting immersion into Central Appalachia the place coal is not only a useful resource, however a lifestyle, imagining the methods a neighborhood can re-envision itself.
Whereas deeply located within the areas underneath the reign of King Coal, the place McMillion Sheldon has lived and labored her whole life, the movie transcends time and place, emphasizing the methods by which all are linked by an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and creativeness. Rising from the lengthy shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the ache from the sweetness, and illuminates the innately human capability for change.
King Coal will display at New York Metropolis’s DCTV Theater on August 11 and The Museum of the Transferring Picture in Queens on September 9.
Within the interim, learn our interviews out of Sundance with DP (and the filmmaker’s partner) Curren Sheldon and editor Iva Radivojevic, who additionally appeared on our 25 New Faces of Movie record in 2013 alongside McMillion Sheldon. You may as well learn McMillion Sheldon’s response to this yr’s annual Sundance Query.