“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”  Henry David Thoreau







“The Mountain Mourning Collection”

Presented by Christians for the Mountains

Produced by B. J. Gudmundsson     West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year 2005



Featuring Maria Gunnoe and Larry Gibson



In the Southern Appalachian Mountains, a coal-mining process known as Mountaintop Removal is devastating God’s creation.  As our oldest mountaintops vanish, the people are left behind.  Having paid the highest price – they are abandoned in what is called “the sacrifice zone.”   These are their stories.   Read More      







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Selected by the Sierra Club

Solutions for a Warming Planet Energy Film Festival






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2008 Award of Excellence – West Virginia Filmmakers Festival


Award-winning filmmaker B. J. Gudmundsson takes a personal journey from her life-long home in the eastern mountains of West Virginia to the southern coalfields of her beloved state. Once there, she joins the Mountain Keepers who have been fighting a 20-year battle to save their homes from the destructive practice of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining.   Read More





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The Long Runway Home


Retired USAF Colonel John W. Gwinn is known as “The Father of the Greenbrier Valley Airport.”  Ruth Tolley Gwinn is an aviation pioneer and the youngest woman in West Virginia to obtain a private pilot’s license.


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Listen to the Women

2008 Award of Excellence   WV Filmmakers Festival


Gloria Martin is the former Executive Director of the Family Refuge Center in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia.  Her narrative on women’s issues and family violence is appropriately titled “Listen to the Women”


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Keeper of the Mountains



Larry Gibson

1946 - 2012




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“Mountain Mourning is raw, uninhibited, documentary filmmaking.  It shoots straight to the heart, leaving the viewer quaking under its impact.  Watch this film, and your life will never, ever  be the same.”  


Sally Rubin

 Documentary Filmmaker, Los Angeles


“Thank you for making this film.  We can’t believe what they have done to West Virginia. ”


from Highland, Michigan


“I had seen a movie on MTR before but it was nothing like this film.  The tears flowed easily from my eyes.”


from Dorothy, W.Va.


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