Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.
Inspired by the documentary Deep Down, the Virtual Mine offers an educational 3D environment, game, and curriculum for teachers and students.
Jen Gilomen is an award-winning independent documentary producer and cinematographer who has created nationally and internationally distributed films and interactive projects, including Deep Down and the associated Virtual Mine (a pioneering educational virtual reality game), which were funded by ITVS and MacArthur Foundation and nominated for… Show more an Emmy in 2011.Deep Down aired on Independent Lens, and Jen’s documentary Life on the Line was also broadcast nationally on PBS. Jen was a Supervising Producer at the ITVS, where she managed a portfolio of feature documentaries for public television as well as web series and interactive projects. Prior to joining ITVS, Jen was Director of Independent Media at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), where she oversaw a $1.5 million annual budget of innovative public media programming that engaged nonprofit organizations, foundations, independent producers and artists. In her career, Jen has acted as a creative, strategic, and technical advisor to over 150 nonprofit organizations, companies, and independent storytellers. Show less
Sally Rubin is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in Los Angeles. Her career has included films for PBS’s Frontline, POV, Independent Lens, and American Experience series, as well as several other Sundance and Slamdance favorites, such as WGBH’s Africans in America (1996), and David Sutherland’s award-winning The Farmer’s Wife (1998). In… Show more addition, Rubin was the associate producer of Sutherland’s smash-hit, the 6-hour Frontline special Country Boys (2006). Her film The Last Mountain (2004) has aired on regional PBS stations, and Cut (2003) is used in universities across the country. She co-edited the fall 2006 release Iraq for Sale (2006), directed by Robert Greenwald, and three episodes of the ACLU’s Freedom Files, executive produced by Greenwald. Show less
Enter a complete 3D virtual mountaintop removal mine in the popular world Second Life. Inspired by the documentary Deep Down, the Virtual Mine offers an educational 3D environment, game, and curriculum for teachers and students. Grab an avatar and a hard hat and go deep into the virtual mine to learn about mountain top removal, coal fired power production, alternative energies, and the music and culture of Appalachia.