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PBS to feature Chapman professor’s coal country documentary

November 5, 2010

Deep Down, a documentary by Sally Rubin, assistant professor at Chapman University’s Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, will be screened at several Southern California theaters this month and at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 as part of PBS’ Emmy-winning documentary series Independent Lens. Deep Down will be seen in almost 350 markets nationwide and locally on KOCE/50 and KCET/28.

Southern California screenings include: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at Warner Grand Theater, 478 W Sixth St., San Pedro; 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 at Tim Robbins’ Actor’s Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at a special LA premiere at KCET Studios, 4401 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, 90822.

The documentary profiles the people and community divided over a mountaintop-removal coal mine in Kentucky and facing an uncertain economic future in hard times.  While one woman leads her neighbors in a legal battle to stop a coal mining company from moving into her hollow, a friend and neighbor considers signing away the mining rights to his backyard, a move that would forever change life in their community of eastern Kentucky.

Professor Rubin’s career has included films for PBS’ Frontline, POV, Independent Lens and American Experience series, as well as several other Sundance and Slamdance favorites. A special screening of Deep Down is planned for spring at Marion Knott Studios’ Folino Theater at Chapman.

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