Quebec Premiere

King Coal

The central Appalachian region, associated with coal mining, shapes local life. Elaine McMillion Sheldon's documentary weaves the past and present myths of this unique region. "King Coal" poetically explores the transformation of this environment, dominated by wild beauty and mysterious stories. 


The central Appalachian region his associated with coal mining, which to this day is not only a source of livelihood but also influences and shapes the lifestyle of local communities. Elaine McMillion Sheldon's documentary is a compelling mosaic that weaves together the past and present myths of the region, as well as a poetic reflection on a unique environment and its transformation. "King Coal", as she calls her home, is indeed a place that, like the mountaintops, is dominated by rugged beauty, dreaminess and mysterious stories.

Theme(s): , Economy, Environnement, Sociology


Director | , Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Year | , 2023
Country | , United States
Duration | 78 minutes
Original language | , English
Subtitles | , French
Image | Curren Sheldon
Sound | Benjamin L. Cook
Editing | Iva Radivojevic
Production | Diane Becker, Elaine Sheldon, Peggy Drexler, Shane Boris



Elaine McMillion Sheldon


Elaine McMillion Sheldon is an Appalachian-based filmmaker who explores challenges in American society and its effects on people. She is the director of Recovery Boys and the Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning Heroin(e), which both explore America’s opioid crisis. She was named a 2021 Livingston Award Finalist, 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, 2018 USA Fellow by United States Artists, one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, and received the Breakthrough Filmmaker Award from Chicken & Egg Pictures.


Sundance Film Festival • DOXA DC • Environmental Film Festival • Cleveland Int'l Film Festival • Annapolis Film Festival • Sun Valley Film Festival • River Run Film Festival • Milwaukee Film Festival



15 July 2024 at 20h00

Parc Dante 

This film is included in screening King Coal + Au pays des cratères