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Well Contaminations

“Of the 360 wells North Carolina health officials tested last year, 330 exceeded standards for one or more contaminants.” The Institute for Southern Studies

Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station

This source of energy for thousands in North Carolina created coal ash which experts attribute to health issues now seen in residents of this Sacrifice Zone.

Life in the Sacrifice Zone

This 8 episode documentary series chronicles the impact of coal ash on the community of Walnut Tree, NC.

About

Soul Ash Pictures is a group of filmmakers dedicated to telling the stories of communities impacted by Coal Ash in North Carolina.

Our goal is to join the voices speaking out against environmental injustice, raising consciousness of the issues we are facing and leveraging our resources to create change.

Two documentary shorts have been produced by the group in partnership with Camel City Dispatch:

 Welcome to Dukeville and We Shall Not Be Moved

The team is currently in post-production for an 8-part documentary series entitled Life in the Sacrifice Zone.

Quotes

in their own words…

Do we look like we’ve got a big S stuck up on our head? We are not dumb.

Ada Linster

Ada Linster

Environmental justice exposes environmental racism and environmental classism.

Rev. William Barber II

Rev. William Barber II

If I’ve gotta sell everything I’ve got over there to fight this, I will.

David Hairston

David Hairston

The retaining damn at Belews Creek Steam Station was given the highest risk potential that can be assigned. The report from the EPA states ‘damns assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or misoperation will probably cause loss of human life.’

Mary Kerley, No Fracking in Stokes

Mary Kerley, No Fracking in Stokes

Until we can get our politicians to say enough is enough, these companies are gonna do that.

Darryl Gilliam

Darryl Gilliam

What Duke reacts to is public pressure, legal leverage, expression of public concern – because ultimately they have a politically granted monopoly over electricity.

Frank Holleman

Frank Holleman

Team

Chad Nance

Chad Nance

Chad Nance is a writer, journalist, and filmmaker best known as the first editor-in-chief of the Camel City Dispatch. His popular Third Shift columns addressed subjects ranging from local and state government corruption to politics at large, while his investigative work at CCD with Carissa Joines on local crime, pollution, and abuse of power issues became a popular fixture of the Winston-Salem, NC community. Chad grew up in Stokes County, and attended UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem for filmmaking. With “Life in the Sacrifice Zone” he returns to those roots in filmmaking to best tell the stories of those in North Carolina and around America who pay the price for our conveniences.

Carissa Joines

Carissa Joines

Carissa Joines is the current editor-in-chief of Camel City Dispatch and has been a community organizer and activist for several years. Through journalism and her work with various groups and nonprofits, she works daily to address some of the most difficult challenges facing Americans in North Carolina and beyond, including efforts to impact poverty, the environment, civil rights, and education. Her work as an Executive Producer on “Life in the Sacrifice Zone” is her first foray into filmmaking, but continues her work of helping members of the community share their stories in order to create connections and solve problems.

NC WARN

NC WARN

NC WARN is a member-based nonprofit tackling the climate crisis – and other hazards posed by electricity generation – by watch-dogging Duke Energy practices and building people power for a swift North Carolina transition to clean, renewable and affordable power generation and increased energy efficiency. Click HERE to learn more about NC WARN.

Arley Wolber

Arley Wolber

Arley K. Wolber is a videographer and owner of AKI productions. He began working on environmental films with Coal Ash Chronicles, a project which involved filming the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill in Eden, NC and the community meetings and hearings that followed. Arley also provided videography for the award winning documentary Seizing Power, directed by David Kasper. He has collaborated with Camel City Dispatch on 4 short documentaries and was videographer, director and producer for the short documentary Culinary Co-Opetition for Camel City Dispatch. Arley has been videographer for “Life in the Sacrifice Zone” spending untold hours behind a camera capturing interviews and community meetings and the beauty of Stokes county.

Dan Wolber

Dan Wolber

Dan Wolber was an educator for 34 years, 29 of which were spent teaching in Stokes County, NC. As a journalism and creative writing instructor, he focused on community oral history. Dan continues to be an active organizer for both educational and environmental issues. He has collaborated with Camel City Dispatch on 4 short documentaries, and is an integral part of “Life in the Sacrifice Zone” as a producer and all around right-hand-man. Dan is a musician and poet, and he and his wife Sally are avid hikers.

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Donate

You can contribute your tax deductible donation through our partnership with NC WARN by clicking on the donate button:

 Check out the Perks available below. Each level receives the Perks of all of the levels below it – the more you give, the more you get!

$25 Donation

$25 Donation

Raffle ticket and t-shirt or tote bag from our partner NC WARN

$50 Donation

$50 Donation

Two tickets to our public premiere event in September in Downtown Winston-Salem

$100 Donation

$100 Donation

DVD set of the 8 episode series plus 2 supplemental episodes – the special edition “making of” episode and an educational episode made for 6-12 grades.

$250 Donation

$250 Donation

Two tickets to the private premiere event in August

$500 Donation

$500 Donation

Name on website and in end-credits of all episodes

$1000 Donation

$1000 Donation

Interview for our special edition dvd which will show behind the scenes footage of the making of the documentary and interviews with the filmmakers and producers. Also includes a special screening of the documentary at your home or organization with a Q&A with filmmakers and Sacrifice Zone residents.

$5000 Donation

$5000 Donation

Producer credit on series, logo or photo and write-up on the website’s Team section

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