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Devil Put The Coal In The Ground

  • Lucas Sabean, Director
  • Peter Hutchison, Director/Producer
  • David Kuhn, Producer
  • Lucas Sabean, Producer

Early 20th century West Virginian miners sit on mine carts outside of a wooden house.

About the Project

Uniquely structured upon the personal storytelling of native West Virginians, “Devil Put The Coal In The Ground” is a meditation on the suffering and devastation brought on by the coal industry and its decline. From the realities of a crumbling economy, the ravages of the opioid epidemic, and the irreparable environmental damage and its tragic impact on human health, the film is a cautionary tale on unfettered corporate power, and an elegy to a vanishing Appalachia.