On the heels of President Trump's executive order to undo Clean Power Plan regulations, National Geographic has acquired From the Ashes, the documentary that explores the U.S. coal mining industry.
Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, the doc 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 is at stake for our economy, health and climate.
The doc will be distributed under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner and is set for a limited theatrical release this summer. It will also air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages later in the year. It will first make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26. The screening will be introduced by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, and followed by a chat with Bonfiglio and other guests about the state of the American coal industry.
From the Ashes is produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and produced by Sidney Beaumont. For RadicalMedia, Jon Kamen, Joe Berlinger and Justin Wilkes serve as executive producers. For Bloomberg Philanthropies, Katherine Oliver serves as executive producer.
"From the Ashes is an important documentary that underscores one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States," said National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. "The film explores the reality of coal's role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. We are thrilled to partner with RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies to amplify the complex conversation about the coal industry as well as alternative forms of energy."
"For over a century, mining and energy companies have been privatizing coal's profits while socializing its costs. Coal plant pollution kills 7,500 Americans a year and causes many more serious illnesses," said Bloomberg. "From the Ashes shows the risks we face as a nation if we continue to rely on coal and examines how Americans in local communities, including in coal country, are helping to lead the transition toward cleaner air and stronger economies."