ANSTED — At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 the Ansted Historical Preservation Council will present the documentary “Rise Up! West Virginia” at the VFW Hall on US Rt. 60 in Ansted. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Rise Up! West Virginia,” directed by B.J. Gudmundsson of Lewisburg, is a road trip to understanding the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining on the people and communities in southern West Virginia.

Gudmundsson’s journey begins on Kayford Mountain where 8,000 acres of forestland has been completely destroyed. Alone on the mountain, the filmmaker asks questions that her film attempts to answer, such as “How did we get here? Why am I standing here alone? And where is West Virginia?”

The film gives voice to people who describe how mountaintop mining affects them. Visits with retired coal miner Jim Foster in Bob White, dustbusters Mary Miller and Pauline Canterberry in Sylvester, and grandfather Ed Wiley in Rock Creek, shed light on host of environmental and quality-of-life issues in the coalfields.

A native of Pocahontas County, Gudmundsson was named the 2005 West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year. She is touring the state showing her film and continues to document the stories of people living with mountaintop removal.

More information on the film is available at or by calling 304-645-4998.

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