LETTERS from “Mountain Mourning”
July 1, 2007
From Bill Price, Sierra Club
“This film is a great
way to reach out to people of faith so they can get involved in the movement
for climate justice.”
June 2, 2007
Just wanted to let you know the DVD arrived
real fast without problems!
I've watched it a couple of times and it is
a scary document!
Ok, being born and raised in Sweden’s mine-
and steel mill belt I had a pretty good idea of what to expect of your movie.
But what really struck me is the scale of
Another scary thing is that very few people
around here know about MTR mining.
So I guess I've got a little mission here,
May 18, 2007
From Sally Rubin, Los Angeles, California
I want to thank you profusely for “Mountain
Mourning.” My family is from the
mountains of east Tennessee, a little hollow called Calderwood. I also spend three years working on the
film “Country Boys” so I feel very very connected to the Appalachian region. I’ve always been deeply saddened by the
increasing loss of and devastation to the region, but “Mountain Mourning”
brought it all back to me so powerfully, so tragically.
I’m a documentary filmmaker myself, and am
currently researching MTR – which is how I stumbled upon your film. In my opinion, we can not have too many,
and “Mourning” has been more inspirational than other docs I have
watched. I cannot turn on a light switch
without thinking of Larry
Gibson – literally, every single time. So thank you for telling our stories.
The work you do is so important, so crucial,
and so, so inspiring.
May 7, 2007
From Falun, Sweden
Keep up the good work!
May 4, 2007
from YouTube Viewer
After looking at your videos I must
say that it is I who connected with you because I am from Kentucky and find
what they are doing with the mining over there outrageous. Love what you are doing bringing attention
to this. Just wanted to help by
connecting and hopefully bringing attention to your site. I try to do what I can for the causes that
affect us all everyday.
May 2, 2007
from YouTube Viewer
My heart goes out for our mountains. WV is my heart after God. I never imagined that our mountains would
be leveled. In 1996 I flew over the
mountains from NOC to OH and was shocked at what I saw. My heart cries every time I think about it
and have noticed that now not too many planes will fly low enough to see the
mountains, like they did back then.
March 22, 2007
from Charleston, West Virginia
I finally got to see Mountain Mourning. Wow.. you did a fantastic job. It
seemed low key
and almost soft spoken the same way a
whisper can silence a crowd. I'm so
pleased that its out there and so proud of you. I suspect that the
impact will be more that any of us can even guess.
October 17, 2006
from Highland, Michigan
Thank you for making this film. I was born in Hazard, Kentucky. My heart breaks everyday when I think about
what is happening to the mountains where I am from. My Dad and I watched the movie last night and he can’t believe
what they have done to West Virginia.
Hazard is seeing an increase in this kind of mining as well. I saw a small mountain top removal site
there last week. It is a horrible
site. You know that the mountains are
crying. I can feel it in my soul. Is there anything that I can do to help
October 13, 2006
from Dillingham, Alaska
I watched the P.B.S. television documentary broadcast of the
West Virginia Coal Mining devastation of the once beautiful unspoiled
Appalacian Mountains. It was absolutley devastating. I mourn your
loss with you and the Appalacian People. I applaud you for all you
are doing to stop this destruction of the Appalacian Mountains. I cried when I watched your
documentary. We have everything to lose. Perhaps your PBS
documentary can help to open the eyes of our leaders.
Here in SW Alaska in Bristol Bay, we have the world's largest
wild salmon fishery, herds of caribou, moose, beaver, wolverines, seals,
walrus, whales. This is the ancesteral home of my family which is
mainly Yupik Eskimo, Aleut and Athabascan, and Inuit Eskimo. We are
facing simillar devastation of our beautiful unspoiled region.
I have ordered your DVD: "Mountain Mourning
Collection". I will share this DVD with organizations opposed to
the proposed world's largest Northy Dynasty Pebble Beach Gold Mine near Lake
Iliamna, Alaska. Thank you for sharing your experience. I will
pray for your land and your people. I will write the legislature in
opposition to this destructive mining.
October 6, 2006
from Dorothy, West Virginia
Thank you for sending my DVD so
quickly. I had seen a movie on MTR
(Kayford Mt.) before but it was nothing like this film. The tears flowed easily from my eyes.
We live below Kayford Mt. It was once beautiful. Now I and many others fear the
mountain. Every time there is a
blast, we wonder – is this it? “The
Act of God” as the coal owners say.
Thank you again.
September 25, 2006
from Palatine, Illinois
I moved away years ago but my love for the
mountains will go on. As Edith Morgan
Quick said in her poem, The Goal – “ when we combine our efforts we
can carry a heavier load.” These
words can become the theme for saving our mountains!
September 13, 2006
from West Hartford, Connecticut
I finally had a free couple of hours to view
the video and I will tell you, I was deeply moved, angered, felt sad and
hopeful, all at the same time. I just ordered three more copies I'd
like to give to a couple of folks. I will pray for you and the people
and the mountains. Keep up the very
good, faithful work.
September 12, 2006
from Joliet, Illinois
…we would like to educate people here about
the issue of Mountaintop Removal. We
feel passionate about this destruction of God’s creation and the plight of
the Appalachian people and we want to spread awareness and find ways we can
help to end this devastation of the mountains.
September 3, 2006
from Knoxville, Tennessee
This is an excellent DVD and compliments
“Kilowatt Ours.” I hope to help
spread the word.