Directed by: Tom Hansell
Running Time: 26:40
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that coal produces over half of our nations electricity. Coal Bucket Outlaw is a digital documentary that asks Americans to look at where our energy comes from, and reveals the human and environmental price we pay for our national addiction to fossil fuels.
Built around a day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw brings viewers into the cab of the truck and into the lives of the people who live and work by coal haul roads. It is a wild ride. A veteran driver who owns his own truck, and a young family struggling to pay the bills guide the audience along one-lane roads, up tight hollows, onto strip mines, and around coal processing facilities. Discussion of coals role in providing our nation with electricity connects the lives of these truckers to the lives of the viewers.
Someones got to haul the coal, and at the paltry sums per load, Kentucky truckers have got to haul ass as well. Hansells day-in-the-life doc links our addiction to fossil fuels to a megawatt system of national abuse where the rubber meets the road just leads to corporate offices of power. Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA
Candid, insightful and surprising Beyond the Box, ITVS
Compelling – Best of the Year in Film, Louisville Eccentric Observer
Screenings & Festivals
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Louisville Film & Video Festival
Flooded Out Film Festival, Charleston, WV
Appalachian Visions, Mountain State University, Beckley, WV