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King Coal, A Documentary Film Using Narrative Storytelling

Elaine McMillion Sheldon, assistant professor of cinema studies in the UT School of Art, will present King Coal: A Documentary Film Using Narrative Storytelling, Friday, May 6 at 12 p.m. via Zoom.

King Coal, the latest feature-length documentary from Sheldon, weaves observations of contemporary coal culture, with a magically real tale of a girl who gets a glimpse of our beyond-coal future. Bored and disillusioned by her own reality, Violet’s daydreams carry her away from her home in the modern-day coalfields of Appalachia to a mythical land where she observes the ways people live with one another, the land, and natural resources in a world where King Coal never reigned. McMillion Sheldon will discuss her process of documenting realities on the ground, while also bringing to life imagined futures for the region through cinematic storytelling.

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Friday, May 6 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Science, Visual & Performing Arts, Sustainability


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public


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College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art
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