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Bonecrusher and Appalachian Dreams



In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, a young coal miner named Lucas Chaffin toils one mile underground. Despite the harsh working conditions, Lucas takes fierce pride in the fact that he’s carrying on a family tradition. As a fourth-generation miner, working inside the earth is more than just a job to Lucas. He believes it’s his duty; a responsibility symbolized by the old coal hammer that he uses. It is the same hammer that was used for 26 years by the man he loves more than anything: his father, Luther Chaffin.

Luther—nicknamed “Bonecrusher” — was once a strong, handsome man. But now, at 61, he’s withered and sick; coal dust has ravaged his lungs. As life slips away, his greatest concern isn’t for himself; it's for Lucas's safety.

Bonecrusher is an intimate account of the love between a father and son and the powerful bond they share, a bond that is put to the test.  It is also a stark journey to the coal fields of Dante, Virginia where a tight-knit community of miners face life with a toughness and camaraderie as enduring as the earth itself. Produced and directed by Michael Fountain. More information at www.bonecrusherfilm.com.

This feature documentary is followed by a Southern Lens Animated Short, Appalachian Dreams by David Donar. The film is part of SC Film Production Fund that provides funding to independent producers partnering with higher learning institutions in South Carolina to train film crews and create new work. This particular film was done in association with the Clemson University Digital Arts program. Read more at http://appalachiandreams.wordpress.com/

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Preview the Animated Short, Appalachian Dreams, by David Donar.

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