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Due to a shift in market demand, and the development of technology to access the Marcellus Shale formation, a massive natural gas boom has swept through rural communities in the northern part of West Virginia. Much like the massive infrastructure built to support the coal industry, large new infrastructure systems are being built to produce and transport natural gas acquired through fracking. There are currently four pipelines proposed, each measuring up to 42 inches in diameter, to transport natural gas from northern West Virginia to other states and ports for export. In the Hills and Hollows investigates the boom and bust impacts that mono-economies based on fossil fuel extraction have on local communities. It provides an intimate look inside the lives of several West Virginia residents living in the middle of the boom and how their quality and way of life is forever changed by this industry. 

Past Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT

American Conservation Film Festival, Shepherdstown, WV

Rainier Independent Film Festival, Ashford, WA

Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH

DC Environmental Film Festival, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC

Bright Lights Film Series, partnering with MIT’s Women Take the Reel Film Festival, Paramount Theater, Boston, MA

Underground Cinema, Hosted by West Virginia International Film Festival, Charleston, WV

Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

Shepherdstown Film Society, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Lyon International Film Festival, Lyon, CO

Atlas Institute, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Sponsored in part by

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Civil Society Institute

West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

West Virginia Citizens Action Group

Christians for the Mountains

WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization

and 205 backers on Kickstarter!


The Boston Globe

Appalachian Voices