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‘Toxic Debt’ documentaries to be shown March 26

BOONE—“Toxic Debt: documentaries on the past and future of waste” will be presented by filmmaker Phoebe Brush at 7 p.m. March 26 at Appalachian State University in Room 114 of Belk Library and Information Commons.

View larger imageThis is a still image from “Yucca Mtn Tally,” one of two films being shown March 26 at Appalachian State University on the subject of toxic debt. (Photo courtesy of Phoebe Brush)

The event features the screening of two short films followed by a discussion with Brush, who is a N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award winner. The public is invited.

The films are Brush’s “Yucca Mtn Tally” and “Around Crab Orchard” by Sarah Kanouse.

“Yucca Mtn Tally” is a desert meditation on America’s first national high-level nuclear waste repository. Brush filmed the project over several years and completed the documentary in 2013. The film has won several awards, including the prestigious directors citation at the Black Maria film festival.

“Around Crab Orchard” examines the only wildlife refuge in the United States whose mission includes industry and agriculture alongside conservation and recreation. Assembled from documents, found footage, and conversations with activists, writers and local residents, the film questions the ideal of natural harmony while meditating on the persistence of history, the creation of knowledge, the limits of representation, and the commonplace of environmental hazard.

Brush is a documentary filmmaker based in Durham. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and at festivals including the Strange Beauty Film Festival, the Carrboro Film Festival and the Indie Grits Film Festival.

For more information, contact Tom Hansell at University Documentary Film Services at 828-262-7730 or

University Documentary Film Services is a unit within Appalachian’s University College. University College consists of the university’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs and co-curricular programming—all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside of the classroom.