This past February I traveled to New South Wales, Australia to work on a short documentary about a local grass root environmentalist who put a halt to an open pit coal mine. Wendy Bowman received the Goldman Environmental prize for her work. Nestled in the beautiful Hunter Valley - a farming and wine region - open pit coal mining is rampant. Wendy refused to sell and stopped the creation of a mine that would have taken out her beautiful farm. We spent a week filming with her on her farm and in the surrounding area. The open pit mines were astounding. Dozens of them spread across the Hunter Valley - huge gaping scars in the earth. Australia is the largest exporter of coal in the world.
The piece was produced by the Mill Valley Film Group, directed by John Antonelli and shot by Matt Yamashita.