Anne Lewis , Producer
Anne Lewis is an independent documentary maker associated with Appalshop Films, a media arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Central Appalachian coalfields. Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change. Anne was associate director/assistant camera for Harlan County, U.S.A., the Academy Award-winning documentary about the Brookside strike. After the strike, she moved to the eastern Kentucky coalfields where she lived for 25 years. Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include: To Save the Land and People, a history of a militant grassroots environmental movement; Justice in the Coalfields about the community impact of the Pittston strike; On Our Own Land (duPont-Columbia award for independent broadcast journalism) about the citizens’ movement to stop broad form deed strip mining; and Chemical Valley, co-directed with Mimi Pickering (P.O.V., American Film and Video Blue Ribbon) about environmental racism; and most recently, Shelter, about five West Virginia women as they try to find freedom, justice, and safety. Her documentary, Fast Food Women, about women struggling to raise families in minimum wage jobs with no benefits, aired on P.O.V. and was part of a Learning Channel series of films about women by women.