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Rust Belt & Appalachia Documentary Festival - KING COAL

Join us Sunday, November 5th, at 7:00 PM for a special Rust Belt & Appalachia Documentary Film Festival screening of KING COAL

Please join us for a re-screening of the documentary feature, KING COAL, part of the Rust Belt & Appalachia Documentary Film Festival, presented by The Video Consortium. This is a screening series of recent non-fiction cinema produced in our region. It’s where filmmakers, journalists, and creatives can unite to celebrate and explore our region’s identity and culture while making new connections.

Any alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar for guests 21 years of age or older. Free pizza will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please remember to tip your bartenders!

This will be hosted by Will Zavala of Doc Salon and Stephanie Strasburg of PublicSource!

Any attendees of the last screening of King Coal from September 30th are permitted free entry.

King Coal (80 mins)

Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, KING COAL meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and deeply moving immersion into Central Appalachia, where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life. While deeply situated in the communities under the reign of King Coal, where McMillion Sheldon has lived and worked her entire life, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, KING COAL untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change.


The Video Consortium is a non-profit global network of today’s top emerging voices in non-fiction video. We’re award-winning producers and directors, staff video journalists and independent filmmakers, video department heads and studio cinematographers, editors, and animators - all based worldwide but united within our tight-knit creative collective. We welcome you into this thriving community and support emerging storytellers through various programs, workshops, screenings, and mentorship programs. What does that mean to all of you who work locally in documentary film and visual journalism? More gigs, more ideas, more gear, more friends, more support, and more equity! https://www.videoconsortium.or...


Video Consortium’s Pittsburgh location represents non-fiction filmmakers and visual journalists working and based in the Rust Belt and Central Appalachian regions. As we shape this local chapter of VC, we’re focused on bringing together every voice working in the Pittsburgh area’s non-fiction film and video landscape to establish a deep-rooted community of visual storytellers. Our main goals are to help local freelancers and independent filmmakers find work and advice while providing referrals and guidance to non-local news outlets and documentary film crews working in the region. Our mission addresses issues like news deserts, freelancer advocacy, and equitable representation in the non-fiction film industry. We hold quarterly screenings of recent films, workshops, and networking events.

We encourage all media makers to connect and engage with one another about some of our most pressing issues in the region so we can support each other as we build this chapter together. We’re super excited to grow this chapter with you and look forward to seeing you at the gathering!

Organizing Team:

Nick Childers, Will Zavala, Hansen Bursic, and Stephanie Strasburg

Special thanks to:

Sky Dylan-Robbins

Hany Hawasly

Christine Liu

Mary Ann McBride-Tackett

Joel Beeson

Kristen Uppercue

Nina Zappa

Dennis Childers

Ryan Loew

Nate Smallwood

We’d like to extend a very special thank you to our sponsors and partners:

Main Sponsors:

100 Days in Appalachia

WQED Academy

Documentary Salon

Film PGH


Silver Eye

Lightbulb Rentals


Bottlerocket Social Hall


Free parking is located in the lot around the corner on 826 Industry Street

Do not park in the lots next to the bar! This is police station parking only and is enforced 24/7.


This event will follow all municipal, state, and federal laws. We are taking the following precautions:

We highly recommend being vaccinated against COVID-19. This event will be entirely indoors.

Seating is capped at 80 maximum.

Any guest +21 wanting alcohol must first get their ID checked.

The location is located next to an active police station with officers walking to and from their vehicles, sometimes with firearms. Please behave accordingly when outside of the building.

This building complies with ADA standards. If you need any additional accessibility needs, please let us know at

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