The emf department of Towson University is hosting a free screening of Catherine Pancake's Black Diamonds at WAMMfest (Women and Minorities Media festival) at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. There will even be a Q&A session with director and creative dynamo Catherine Pancake.
Surface mining is poisoning water supplies, annihilating forests and leaving vast gouges in the Appalachian mountain range. Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice is a compelling portrait of an American region fighting for its life, caught between our appetite for cheap energy and enduring values of local culture and natural beauty.
Black Diamonds is the winner of the 2007 Spadaro Documentary Award and one of the selections for Documentary Fortnight 2008 at MoMA. If you didn't make it to MoMA last month, see Black Diamonds for free this weekend in Towson, Maryland.
As if free tickets to an award-winning documentary film and a conversation with the film maker were not enough, a select group of student works will be presented at 5:30, and there will be a reception from 7 p.m. until 8.
- 5:30 p.m. -- Student works
- 7:00 p.m. -- reception
- 8:00 p.m. -- Black Diamonds and discussion with Catherine Pancake
WAMMfest promises to be an interesting annual festival of new works in electronic media.