March 23, 2011

Maria Gunnoe Featured Speaker at 2011 Mountainfilm Festival

Boone County, WV native Maria Gunnoe will be a featured speaker at this years Mountainfilm Festival in Teluride, CO. Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a pressing contemporary issue such as energy (2007), water (2008), food (2009) and the extinction crisis (2010). In addition to films and speakers, the festival includes art exhibits, book signings, student workshops and a forum for other non-profit organizations aligned with Mountainfilm’s mission and programming.

Maria has been fighting against mountaintop removal mining and valley fill operations in the Coal River Valley for quite some time. She was a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009--one of the most prestigious and longest running awards of its type--and has fought and won many battles both in her local Boone County and farther afield. How exciting to have her representing Appalachia and the issues with coal and mountaintop removal to such a diverse, global audience!

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