Born Into Coal

Coal queen pageant contestant Arianna Bailey competes for a crown to represent her family’s way of life. Former miner Goose Stewart lives with the memories of a mine explosion. One thing binds both families: coal.

I co-produced “Born into Coal” with Cath Spangler as part of Coal: A Love Story, an interactive film that uses short documentary videos, motion graphics and interactives to tell the stories of coal miners, protesters and even beauty queens that make up the surprising complexities of coal.

We have been blown away by the response to this short documentary and to the Coal: A Love Story interactive film as a whole. Most recently, “Born into Coal,” was shortlisted for the 2012 Vimeo Awards in the documentary category, and Coal: A Love Story won the SXSW 2012 Interactive Awards student category. Here’s a list of some of the other awards and recognition this project has received.

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