University of Iowa News Release
May 7, 2003
(Photo: Sasha Waters)
UI Professor's Film To Air May 20 On PBS, Iowa Public Television
A documentary film by University of Iowa professor Sasha Waters will air
nationally on the PBS program Independent Lens on May 20, including on Iowa
Public Television at 11:30 p.m. The film, "Razing Appalachia," explores
the controversial issue of mountaintop removal mining by following a grassroots
fight to stop the process in West Virginia. Set in the town of Blair, in
Pigeonroost Hollow in the misty folds of the Appalachian Mountains, the film
follows the journey of several families as they struggle to protect their
Waters, an assistant professor of cinema and comparative literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has written and produced for film and television, including associate producing historical documentaries for the acclaimed PBS series American Experience. She has also independently produced audio documentaries for National Public Radio. Her first feature documentary, "Whipped," a feminist portrait of women in the sex industry in New York, screened at festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Her films and videos have been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund and the Donnet Fund. Waters was a Fellow in residence at the MacDowell Colony in 1999 and 2002. She earned her MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Independent Lens is a weekly primetime PBS series that airs on Tuesday nights and presents American and international documentaries and a limited number of dramas. Each week Independent Lens presents a unique individual, community or moment in history to bring viewers gripping stories that inspire, engage, provoke and delight. The executive producer of Independent Lens is Sally Jo Fifer, executive director of Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.