“Rise Up! West Virginia”  A Campaign to Turn the Tide!





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The Movie!

  “Rise Up! West Virginia”


We know what the surveys tell us!

80% of the people in West Virginia are against Mountaintop Removal.  When others around the United States hear about MTR they are instantly opposed to it.  In fact, it may be in their backyard without them knowing it.


We also know that most people have NEVER been to a Mountaintop Removal Site.  If they could see it we could put a stop to it.  We want to take them there!  You can help us do that!



DONATE A DVD and Help Us Empower the People!


> You can DONATE A DVD for the discounted price of $15.00 (we’ll pay the shipping!)


> You designate the receiving library, school, group or politician.


> We will print your donor information on a label inside the cover.


> We will enclose a letter to the recipient telling them about your gift and include your personal message if requested.


> And we will drive it the post office and send it on its way.


 Click Here and Go to the Order Form


1.  Choose the 2nd Item – “Rise Up West Virginia” Special Donation

2.  Enter your Name and Email Address

3.  Fill in all information of the group/politician receiving the DVD

4. Type in your special instructions for the donor label and/or your personal note to the recipient.

5.  Continue to Next Page will direct you to PayPal for making your payment.  You may choose how many DVD’s are sent to the recipient.  The shipping amount will remain the same.


Your gift will be sent out post- haste!  It doesn’t get easier than that!


If you have questions please call B. J. Gudmundsson at 304-799-3989

Or send email to bj@patchworkfilms.com








The Movie!

  “Rise Up! West Virginia”






Film Screenings


WHY am I doing this?

A personal message from the filmmaker


I have been on Kayford Mountain and watched people as they step out onto that ledge for the first time.  They always cry – sometimes uncontrollably.  They cannot believe what is happening to the mountains and the people of West Virginia.  They can’t believe that they live in a country that is allowing this to happen. 


They go home, take a hard look at their own energy use and they turn off the lights!  They make calls to their representatives.  And they tell their friends and their churches about what is going on here.  They instantly RISE UP!


Going to Kayford Mountain changed my life.  It is why I stopped everything and joined this huge effort to Stop Mountaintop Removal.  And the truth is – I still cry every time I go there. 


There’s no way to bus everyone in the country to Kayford Mountain.  But we can take them there with a film. It occurred to me that our own people aren’t going to fight MTR in Kentucky or Virginia or Tennessee until they’ve begun the fight for their homeland.  They are not going to fight any abuse to our environment or to our people until they find the courage to fight for themselves. This is why I made “Rise Up! West Virginia.” 


Giving folks the ability to check out this DVD at their library or attend a screening in their community is one way of “getting them there.”


“Rise Up! West Virginia” lets them ride in the car with me as I travel our roads, meet our people and hear their stories.  Hopefully they will come to the same conclusion that I have:  West Virginia is being blown off the planet and we have the power to stop it!


B.J. Gudmundsson



We need a traffic jam here!  So “RISE UP! WEST VIRGINIA”





View Photos from the film!












How Can I Help?



Tell West Virginia’s

Elected Officials to

Stop Mountaintop Removal

Gov. Joe Manchin

Sen. Byrd D-WV

Sen. Rockefeller D-WV

Cong. Rahall D-WV

Cong. Moore-Capito R-WV

Cong. Mollohan D-WV

WV Legislature Contacts



Go to Kayford Mountain

Donate a DVD

Attend an Event

Visit the Coalfields

Spread the Word

Vote Responsibly


Read, Learn

Support an Organization

Keeper of the Mountains


Coal River Mountain Watch

Sludge Safety Project

WV Highlands Conservancy

Mountain Justice Summer