King Coal

The Living Arts & Science Center

362 North Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Lexington, Kentucky 40508

Wednesday, April 10th
6:00pm - 8:45pm EDT

Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Q&A with director and producer Elaine McMillion Sheldon immediately following screening (80 minute run time)

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and deeply moving immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life.

While deeply situated in the communities under the reign of King Coal, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.