Visiting Filmmakers Series: MOVING MOUNTAINS
With Writer Penny Leob and Producer Kevin Rhoades
Sunday, April 12 at 6:30pm at Tropic Cinema in Key West
Champagne reception 6:30pm
http://www.tropiccinema.com/ 416 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040
Moving Mountains is the true story of one woman’s heroic struggle to save her community. She must overcome the might of a billion dollar coal company, the massive governmental bureaucracy that is bent on protecting it and the many difficulties in her own life. When a coal mining operation causes the wells in her community to go dry Trish takes them on and this leads her into a struggle with the most powerful forces in her state. Trish Bragg starts out as a house wife with no money and little education but her big heart and dogged determination propel her into a battle against overwhelming odds. The results of this struggle lead to historic changes in the way coal mining is done and propels Trish into the forefront of the environmental struggles our country is still grappling with today. Based on the book Moving Mountains, this timely story will touch your heart and raise your spirits. It is a story of hope, faith and perseverance that will stay with you long after the movie is over.
Tickets $15, Member $13
“Moving Mountains”, filmed in West Virginia during the summer of 2012 and starring legendary actress Theresa Russell, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie, in Mingo County, as she and her friends struggled for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells. This film-festival favorite spans a decade, with an unexpected ending.
“Moving Mountains” was a finalist for Best Christian Feature at Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, where Theresa Russell was nominated for Best Actress, and Rachel St. Gelais won second place as Best Youth Actor. Russell was also nominated for Best Actress at Hoboken International Film Festival, while the New Hope Film Festival program featured the film in its lead story and gave it the Cultural Spirit Award. Last October, it was one of just 17 features at the prestigious La Femme International Film Festival in Los Angeles. In February, Moving Mountains won the Earth Award at Cinema Verde International Environmental Film & Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL. The film also has a Bechdel Test rating for movies where women talk about something other than men.
Steve Fesenmaier, a movie reviewer for The Charleston (WV) Gazette wrote, “’Moving Mountains,’ based on Penny Loeb’s 2007 award-winning book by the same name, is a masterpiece of contemporary activist cinema. The acting, music, cinematography and everything else related to the film is as good as the recent hit film, “Winter’s Bone,” that helped propel Jennifer Lawrence to fame (“The Hunger Games,” “Silver Lining Playbook.”) I completely enjoyed the film and was happy to see what great acting the film presents. It may be the best independent feature ever made in our state.”
Rave reviews came from the 300-plus audience at a test showing, with comments like: “It’s an awesome story about fighting for what you believe in no matter what. Have faith in the Lord and he can use you no matter who you are, your age, or where you are from. Don’t be afraid, fight and you can overcome.”
The movie is based on the book, “Moving Mountains: how one woman and her community won justice from big coal,” written by Penny Loeb, who wrote and produced the movie. Though based on actual events, with most of the actual people portrayed with their real names, telling a feature story necessitated altering some events and characters. Trish Bragg, a co-producer, has been a huge help, always inspiring, throughout. She and all the “real” people named read and approved their portrayals. More on Loeb’s 17-year journey to completion under “Production Notes” at www.movingmountainsthemovie.com.
The movie was directed by Jeanie Clark, filmed by Michelle Farrell and edited by Kevin Rhoades, whose father, Shirrel Rhoades, lives in Key West.
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