New National Geographic Documentary FROM THE ASHES Looks at Future of Coal Industry in America
FROM THE ASHES is a National Geographic Channel documentary that captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for people's lives in America.
The film asks the question -- do we continue to invest in a 19th century form of energy production that has clear and present risks or do we move forward and if so what are the options in our energy future? What are the new jobs that will be produced in former coal-dominated states?
From the Ashes premieres Sunday, June 25 at 9/8c on National Geographic Channel.
Coalfield Development Corporation CEO Brandon Dennison is featured in the film and available for interviews Tues, June 20 and Wed, June 21 from 7 to 11 am ET. Brandon Dennison, born and raised in West Virginia, is the founder and current Chief Executive Officer of the Coalfield Development Corporation, a community housing and development organization (CHDO) working in rural southern West Virginia. Coalfield Development has incubated five social enterprises and professionally trained over 300 unemployed people, many of them laid-off coalminers.