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Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Feature Documentary

A haunting portrait of the Appalachian communities founded on mining. 


Shifting through the history of mining and the communities that emerged around mines, the film explores the ways in which the titular King Coal has created the identity of Appalachia, even as the number of miners is decreasing and the nature of energy is changing. 


Director Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s film becomes increasingly poetic, exploring the hills and mines, the mist, the rivers and the ground itself. 


This documentary is a beautiful film that takes the viewer deep into an unfamiliar world that is rarely seen on the screen.


Winner Special Jury Prize at Seattle International Film Festival 2023, Best Cinematography at RiverRun International Film Festival 2023, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Documentary in American Society of Cinematographers, USA, 2024, Best Documentary – Special Mention, Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, 2023. 



Ngaala Kaaditj, Whadjuk Nyoongar Moort, keyen kaadak nidja boodja.
Revelation Film Festival acknowledge the mighty Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the original custodians of this land. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We also support First Nations people internationally and their struggles for recognition, justice and equality. We reflect these voices in our program and demonstrate this commitment through our approach to the sector from the Board down.

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