Distribution: Bullfrog Films
"I’m not selling out. That’s all there is to it. I’m not afraid. I’ve got my dogs, I’ve got my guns, they’re loaded and I know how to shoot ‘em.” -Boots Hern, resident for over 64 years who refuses to move.
A gun toting 83-year old woman refuses to sell her house to the power plant next door. But despite her refusal, the plant has moved ahead with their 20 million dollar deal to buy out most of Cheshire and bulldoze the homes. What happened in this Ohio River town overrun by one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the world? A story of money, power and the increasingly difficult choices we face surrounding coal and the environment, Cheshire, Ohio makes us think twice about home.
Filmed over a decade, Cheshire, Ohio follows a community devastated by coal, starting with American Electric Power's buyout and bulldozing of this Ohio River community after exposing them to years of harmful emissions, and then returns several years later to the now almost emptied town as we follow the case of 77 plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against American Electric Power for cancer and other illnesses they allege was caused by chemicals in the coal ash landfill site.
As the cycle of pollution from coal continues, we see how one town suffers from our reliance on carbon energy.
First Place Documentary Feature Film, Knoxville Film Festival, Free Press Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, Special Jury Award, Frozen River Film Festival. Screenings at Green Film Festival in Seoul, S. Korea, San Francisco Green Film Festival, Planet in Focus in Toronto, Cleveland International Film Festival, Sustainability Film Series, The Athena Theater, Athens, Ohio.
Funders include Chicken and Egg Pictures, The George Gund Foundation, The Park Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, The Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund, NextPix/First Pix, The Playboy Foundation, and private contributions.