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Live Chat with Deep Down Filmmaker Sally Rubin

  About Deep Down: Mountaintop removal mining is a big industry in Appalachia, bringing jobs, but also a steep environmental cost. Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky. Now in their 50s, they find themselves in the midst of a debate dividing their community and … READ MORE

Missed It? More Ways to Watch and Discuss Deep Down

Did you miss last night’s premiere of Deep Down? Not to worry — thanks to the interwebs, we’ve got more ways for you to see it at your leisure, and to get involved with the issues and people in and behind the film. Right here at PBS.org for example, you can watch the whole film … READ MORE

Floyd County, USA: Digging Deep for Coal Doc

Filmmakers Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen shared with Independent Lens the arduous process of making Deep Down and the profound rewards of doing what you love with someone you trust. The film premieres Tuesday, November 23 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact do you hope Deep Down will have? We have three main … READ MORE

Deep Down: I’m a Coal Miner’s Avatar

Next week on Independent Lens, we’re airing Deep Down, a film about the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining on a Kentucky community. (Check local listings.) To help viewers better understand the challenges of balancing the environment, quality of life, and economic interests, the filmmakers created a virtual coal mine in Second Life. Our own … READ MORE