Program 16 - 'Oiltowns' & 'The Coal Minority'

  • Cinema Village 22 East 12th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States

With A Special Salute to the National Writers Union (UAW)

Oiltowns - Oiltowns traces boom and bust cycles in and around the Bakken formation in western North Dakota. Interviews with oil workers, longtime residents, ranchers and the homeless focus on changes that have animated the small towns. This is a sobering and poignant look at what happens to workers caught in a corporate race for quick profits. (2016, 42 min)

Director Mark Street will attend a Q&A afterwards.

The Coal Minority - After years of digging coal to provide for their families, three single mothers struggle to maintain their financial independence as mines shut down nationwide. The film follows Trudy Lund, who was laid off in 2014. Trudy’s struggle to find a job in the disappearing coal industry is contextualized by the stories of two other female miners also disadvantaged by age, gender, and changes in the economic landscape. (2017, 25 min)

Trudy Lund will attend a Q&A afterwards.

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