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Former coal miner Nick Mullins to present ‘Blood on the Mountain’ Feb. 21 as part of Appalachian’s Sustainability Film Series

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Nick Mullins, a former coal miner interviewed in the film “Blood on the Mountain,” will introduce the award-winning documentary Feb. 21 during the Sustainability Film Series at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageNick Mullins, a former coal miner interviewed in “Blood on the Mountain,” will introduce the award-winning documentary Feb. 21 during the Sustainability Film Series at Appalachian State University. Photo courtesy of Nick Mullins

The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in I.G. Greer Theater on the university campus. Mullins will answer audience questions following the screening, which is free and open to the public.

“Blood on the Mountain” chronicles the 150-year history of the coal industry and associated human rights struggles, and environmental and societal impact. Described by Tom Hansell, an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies, as “a dramatically powerful window for the American public into the many social and economic issues that our nation is facing,” the documentary is a call for workers’ rights.

“Blood on the Mountain” has been screened at festivals and theaters across the nation. Critic Robert Ebert praised its “impressive historical scope” and called it “a documentary with information that rhymes.”

The Sustainability Film Series is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and Department of Geology. The Center for Appalachian Studies and University Documentary Film Services are co-sponsors. Information about future films in the series is at

About Nick Mullins

Nick Mullins, a ninth-generation Appalachian, was the fifth generation of his family to work in the underground coal mines of Southwestern Virginia to support his family. Following his time working in the mines, Nick attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications, graduating magna cum laude. His writing and commentary has been featured in a variety of publications, including Yes! Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Appalachian Voice, Still: The Journal, The Hill, Grist and The Daily Beast.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.