May 23, 2013
Robert Kennedy Jr.’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Moment
Posted on Jun 5, 2011
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. beamed from the big screen this weekend, featured prominently in documentary filmmaker Bill Haney’s latest film, “The Last Mountain,” which opened Friday to positive reviews in New York and Washington, D.C.
Inspired by Kennedy’s 2004 book, “Crimes Against Nature,” the film tells the story of a mountain, as of yet untouched by the destructive power of “Big Coal” and the controversial “mountaintop removal” coal-mining technique. Detailing a range of issues surrounding the Appalachian industry, from health and safety to the future of the American economy, the film homes in on coal company Massey Energy, which owned and operated the mine in West Virginia where 29 miners were killed in April 2010 in a methane gas explosion.
Haney told The Washington Post that while he did interview then-Massey President Don Blankenship for the film, he didn’t use many of his comments “because it looks like you’re mocking the guy.”
The film opens in Los Angeles on June 15. —BF
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