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.


Claude, an octogenarian, finds his daily life boring in his small bedroom. Yet behind his bitterness lies a humorous philosopher and a forgotten artist. This short film explores the moving relationship between illness, art and memory.