Join the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce and The Loft Cinema for a one-night screening of The Last Mountain, a documentary written, directed and produced by Bill Haney. The only showing in Arizona will be at the Loft Cinema on August 24th at 7:30 pm. Following the movie will be a discussion with local environmental experts. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for Loft members. "In the valleys of Appalachia, a fierce battle is being fought over a mountain, a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live.
"The mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America's struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns. Nowhere is that concern greater than in Coal River Valley, West Virginia, where a small but passionate group of ordinary citizens are trying to stop Big Coal corporations, like Massey Energy, from continuing the devastating practice of Mountain Top Removal. The citizens argue the practice of dynamiting the mountain's top off to mine the coal within pollutes the air and water, is responsible for the deaths of their neighbors and spreads pollution to other states. Yet, regardless of evidence supporting these claims, massive profit allows Big Coal to wield incredible financial influence over lobbyists and government officials in both parties, rewrite environmental protection laws, avoid lawsuits and eliminate more than 40,000 mining jobs, all while claiming to be a miner's best friend. As our energy needs increase, so does Big Coal's control over our future.
"Written, directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Haney, THE LAST MOUNTAIN is a passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who dare to fight for what they believe in."