WELCOME to COALWOOD - A Documentary film by Steve Date
WELCOME to COALWOOD was my first feature-length documentary film. I finished it in 2009 -- 3 1/2 years after I visited this small coal mining town in West Virginia for the first time with a group of teachers from Minneapolis.
Coalwood, West Virginia is the home town of Homer Hickam, who wrote the book "Rocket Boys" that was made into the movie called "October Sky" in 1999.
My film tells the history of Coalwood (including appearances by the original Rocket Boys) and shows what life is like there today. Residents and people with a connection to Coalwood tell its bittersweet story.
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