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Class of '27

by James Rutenbeck, Nina Alvarez, and Dustinn Craig

Students, educators, parents, and guardians in three locations, from poor Appalachia, to West Coast farms and a Native American reservation in Minnesota, come together against the odds to guide their children into successful graduates of the class of ’27.

Coal Bucket Outlaw

by Tom Hansell

Built around one day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw offers a startling glimpse into the lives of working people who haul the nation's fuel.

Country Boys

by David Sutherland

Country Boys is a universal coming-of-age story told through the eyes of Chris and Cody, two teenage boys struggling to find meaning and direction as they grow up in one of America’s poorest regions.


Cowboys, Indians, & Lawyers

by Julia Dengel

A Western community fights over a massive dam proposed to serve Indian-owned, coal-fired power plants, providing an intimate portrait of American pork barrel politics and Anglo-Indian relations.

The Cracker Man

by Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio

An offbeat drama of a life deferred: a woman struggles with duty, flirts with possibility, and ultimately survives catastrophic change.

Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town

by Todd Jarrell

Crank is an anatomy of one Tennessee town’s waking nightmare and a nation’s struggle against methamphetamine addiction.

The Creek Runs Red

by Bradley Beesley, James Payne, and Julianna Brannum

The Environmental Protection Agency calls the former lead mining town of Picher, Oklahoma one of the most toxic places in America, but a dwindling population still calls it home. The Creek Runs Red explores the human response to environmental disaster, and the complex connections between people and place.

Independent Lens

Deep Down

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

Independent Lens


by Mark Brodin

The farm community around a 125-year-old rural church is dying. Church members decide to sacrifice their church as the responsible thing to do.

Dude Ranch Days

by Leticia C. Langord

The 100-year history of the western dude ranch is told through interviews with ranchers, wranglers, and dudes.


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