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AETN, Hendrix College host Community Cinema; features free advance screening of 'Deep Down'

Posted 08 Nov 2010

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and Hendrix College invite the public to a free screening of Deep Down as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Murphy Building on Hendrixs campus in Conway.

Deep Down, a documentary about mountaintop removal coal mining in eastern Kentucky, documents the determination of a small community to prevent the controversial and destructive mining practice in Appalachia and to preserve the land where many families have lived for generations.

The film follows two individuals--Beverly May, a fourth-generation resident of Maytown, Ky. and Terry Ratliff, a fourth-generation coalfields resident and small business owner--who grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge and find themselves on opposite sides of a debate that divides their community. Facing high unemployment rates, the residents of Maytown must decide between the coal companys offer to buy land and create jobs or face the long-term environmental effects of mountaintop removal mining.

The screening will be held in the Murphy Building, located on the Hendrix campus at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winfield Street in Conway. Refreshments will be provided, and parking is available in lots adjacent to Bailey Library. For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit

A community discussion will be held with energy experts following the screening. Deep Down will air Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. on AETN Plus/World and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 p.m. on AETN.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the countrys best 371 colleges, was identified as the nations top Up and Coming liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 Best Buy colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit

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