Filmaker David Novack never set out to make a film about the American coal industry, but he couldn’t help himself after he witnessed first hand what coal was doing our health and environment.
I first met Novack a couple of years back when I was planning a new project called Coal is Clean/Coai is Dirty. Novack was just putting the finishing touches on his film Burning the Future: Coal in America and he was kind enough to provide me with some footage I could use for my project.
I knew coal was bad in so many ways: increased asthma rates in kids, Mercury in breast milk, smog, climate change, mountain top removal, and the list goes on. But what Novack’s done with this film is bring the human voice to the dirty coal story. He makes it so real that you can’t help but get angry and want to do something about it.
Burning the Future is the Inconvenient Truth of the American coal industry and anyone who sees it will walk away with a seething passion to fight the coal industry and wail away at the “clean coal” propaganda machine.