Overburden film posterChad Stevens, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is visiting The University of Oregon (UO) School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) to screen his award-winning film, Overburden: Two Women and the Mountain Between Them. The film will be shown in Portland on Tuesday, November 10 at 6 p.m. at the UO-Portland White Stag Block (70 Northwest Couch Street, Main Event Room, Portland, OR 97209). The film will also be screened in Eugene on Wednesday, November 11 at 6 p.m. in Allen Hall room 141. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

The award winning film shows the complex and traumatic effects of the coal industry on miners, their families, and their communities in the Appalachian Mountains. Following the film, Chad will answer questions about mountaintop removal as well as his personal journey as a multimedia storyteller.

Overburden has been screened at various universities and locations around the country and is generating important political and journalistic discussions. According to Jeff Biggers of the Huffington Post, “Stevens effectively transcends the ‘war on coal’ political banter by capturing the human stories behind the daily operations of one of our nation’s most misunderstood, complicated and devastating sources of energy… Overburden should be required viewing for President Obama, the Congress, and anyone who has ever depended on coal-fired electricity.”

As one of the most influential documentaries of the year, the film encompasses the methods and standards that the SOJC aims to instill in its students. Overburden demonstrates extraordinary visual storytelling that was thoroughly researched, well informed, and expertly executed.

Because this film exhibits unique aspects of visual storytelling and journalism, the film is being screened in efforts to encourage recruitment for the SOJC’s Multimedia Journalism master’s program. The graduate program manager will be available at the Portland screening to answer any questions about the Portland-based professional master’s program. This program is intended to challenge students to think creatively, technologically, and entrepreneurially about the ever-shifting media landscape and help students excel in journalistic storytelling.

“Overburden provides an example of exactly the type of dynamic issue reporting that SOJC, the Agora Journalism Center, and our multimedia journalism master’s program hopes to nurture throughout all of our efforts,” says Multimedia Journalism master’s program director Wesley Pope.

There will be two additional documentary screenings in Eugene this fall. First, a screening of Bending the Light on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. in Allen Hall room 141. Aaron McNally, the Account Manager for Canon Pro Products Business Development Division, will present the film and do a product demonstration of their new Canon C300 MKII cinematic video camera following the screening.

A screening of the film Frame by Frame will take place on Tuesday November 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Hall room 221. This film recounts the story of four Afghan photojournalists who face the realities of building a free press after decades of war and oppressive Taliban regime.

Please join the SOJC at these upcoming screenings and take part in examining the important topics posed by these films. If you wish to attend the Portland screening of Overburden, please register to attend by November 4.