The Film That Changed My Life: Harlan County U.S.A. with Steve James and Robert K. Elder!

Filmmaker Steve James and author Robert K. Elder in person!

Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) will host a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple, 1976) and his film, The Interrupters, for the third installment of “The Film That Changed My Life” series, based on Robert K. Elder’s book of the same name. James will appear live for a post-film discussion with Elder.

About Harlan County U.S.A., a documentary about a coal mine strike that turned deadly, James says: “I just remember being really struck by this gritty quality that it had—the raw honesty of it.”

Also…special screening of “The Interrupters”

Barbara Koppel’s Academy Award–winning Harlan County U.S.A. unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Barbara Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.


$9.99 in advance
$12.00 day of
$26.00 including Rob Elder’s book
Double Feature tickets available
Additional books for sale at the door

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