The Dirty Truth About Coal

Directed by Alexia Prichard
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The Dirty Truth About Coal is a half-hour documentary film about the effects of emissions from coal-fired power plants on public health. There is a myth that if you can’t see a power plant, it’s pollution isn’t affecting you, and this is simply not true. Microscopic toxic particles in the emissions are carried on the wind for hundreds of miles, so it’s possible that someone in North Carolina has asthma due to pollution generated in Tennessee.

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There are currently 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States generating close to 50% of our electricity. As demand for electricity rises, so do instances of pollution-related illnesses and premature deaths, suggesting a direct link between dirty coal and public health.

Through interviews with scientists, physicians, activists, and legislators, and intimate interviews with Massachusetts, Chicago and Utah residents living in areas most closely affected by local coal production, The Dirty Truth ABout Coal will expose the true cost of coal-the human cost-and thereby help people make informed choices about where they want their electrical energy to come from.

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Alexia Prichard is an independent filmmaker, TV producer, videographer and editor. Her work includes co-directing, shooting and editing a short documentary, Soma Girls, about a home for the daughters of sex workers in Calcutta which had it’s premiere at the 2009 Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York City, and was the recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Center for Asian-American Media. Alexia was Senior Producer & Editor for AOL for whom she created and produced a series on sustainability and covered the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Currently, she is Series Producer at the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a 3D series for 3net (Discovery, Sony, IMAX).

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