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MAP News: HATCH Returns; Screening of ON COAL RIVER

HATCH Returns!

It's that time of year again... Lovely and amazing people descend upon Asheville to infuse our little village with creativity, inspiration, and connection. From April 14-18, HATCHfest Asheville 2010 brings talent from all over the country to present at panels and keynote addresses, lead workshops, perform in concerts, and mentor emerging artists and creators through networking events. Now in its second year, the Asheville-based festival offers eight different event clusters: design, technology, video, fashion, architecture, journalism, music and photography.

Events range from morning panels to evening concerts and parties. Daytime events (workshops, panels) are free and open to the public. Evening events (concerts, parties) are ticketed. HATCH events happen in and around downtown Asheville from a home base of the "Innovator's Lounge" (On Broadway) at 49 Broadway.

From Sean McDonald, organizer of the Design & Tech cluster:

"This year’s festival brings four Design & Technology Mentors with diverse backgrounds and accomplishments; the mentors are here so you can connect with them. Each mentor will be giving a workshop, keynote or performance and be around town for you to grab a coffee and chat it up with them."

Check out the full schedule, or just the Design & Tech track. And the films are not to be missed. See you there!


Wednesday, April 21st, 10:30am

Fine Arts Theater, downtown Asheville

Come to a work-in-progress screening of the 80-minute documentary, which was created with the support of a Daniel DeLaVergne Media Arts Advantage Fund grant through the MAP.  ON COAL RIVER takes viewers to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia where four longtime residents – a retired miner, an ex-marine, a celebrated activist, and a devout grandmother – confront a local coal company, the school board, and state government for putting their families and community’s health at risk. 

Coal River Valley is the same area where a tragic mine accident occurred last week. From the filmmakers, Adams Wood and Francine Cavanaugh:

"After nearly six years, the film is almost complete and not a moment too soon.  In addition to the awful events of last week, EPA and Congress are considering new regulations regarding mountaintop removal, so now is the time to get this film finished and out to the world."