A rural economy turns to the coal mines in the documentary, 'Deep Down'

November 23, 2010

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Appalachian mine site in the documentary, 'Deep Down.'

A film airing Tuesday night on PBS digs deep into a dirty form of energy—coal. The documentary "Deep Down" explores an Appalachian community in East Kentucky.

Maytown has always depended on coal, but a plan to bring mountaintop removal mining to the region also brings controversy and opens up some fault lines between neighbors. In the film, Maytown residents, debate the pros and cons of mining expansion. "Deep Down" co-director, Jen Gilomen, recently joined Eight Forty-Eight to talk about the film.