The Last Mountain

Client: Uncommon Productions
Role: Director of Photography
Format: HD/Varicam
Locations: West Virginia, etc.

“The Last Mountain”:
IDA Pare Lorentz Award, 2011
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2011,
Official Selection: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2011

This is the second collaboration on which I have worked with director Bill Haney of Uncommon Productions (“The Price of Sugar” being the first). “The Last Mountain” takes place in the valleys of Appalachia, where a battle is being fought over one mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged.

The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal.

The film premiered at Sundance 2011, and opens nationwide in June 2011.. The film asks viewers to become educated about the on-going energy crisis and to be active for a green future.