Life in the Sacrifice Zone is an 8 episode series with 2 supplemental episodes. Click on the images below to read about each episode.
Episode 1- Tracey Goes to Raleigh
Episode 2- Ground Zero: Walnut Cove, NC
Episode 3- The Ballad of Walnut Tree Part 1: We Shall Not be Moved
Episode 4 Duke Energy: Your Monopoly Utility
Episode 5- Life in the Sacrifice Zone
Episode 6- The Ballad of Walnut Tree Part 2: We Shall Overcome
Episode 7- Ashes to Ashes
Episode 8- Environmental Justice
Supplemental – The “Making Of” Episode
Supplemental – Educational Episode
in their own words…
Do we look like we’ve got a big S stuck up on our head? We are not dumb.
Environmental justice exposes environmental racism and environmental classism.
Rev. William Barber II
If I’ve gotta sell everything I’ve got over there to fight this, I will.
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
Until we can get our politicians to say enough is enough, these companies are gonna do that.
What Duke reacts to is public pressure, legal leverage, expression of public concern – because ultimately they have a politically granted monopoly over electricity.
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 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 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 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 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.
Keep up with the team and the Sacrifice Zone residents as they work together to put “Life in the Sacrifice Zone” onto the screen.
A Comfort Zone for NC? Not So Fast…
August 4, 2016by Dan Wolber No doubt you’ve heard of the now infamous HB2 and what it has cost North Carolina in both reputation and economic effects. However, the impact of the lesser known HB630, recently passed ...
In Search of Champions
July 7, 2016by Carissa Joines CHAMPION (cham·pi·on) – a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else. “a champion of human rights” synonyms: advocate, proponent, promoter...
New Documentary Series to Tell Stories of Life in the Sacrifice Zone
June 20, 2016Power companies and politicians are turning up the volume on promises of a “clean energy future”. Meanwhile, neighbors just down the road await another pallet of bottled water, toxicity level checks o...
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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!
Raffle ticket and t-shirt or tote bag from our partner NC WARN
Two tickets to our public premiere event in September in Downtown Winston-Salem
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.
Two tickets to the private premiere event in August
Name on website and in end-credits of all episodes
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.
Producer credit on series, logo or photo and write-up on the website’s Team section
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