OF APPLES AND ANTHRACITEA Documentary Short by Clara B. Pena
About the Film
Of Apples and Anthracite, set in Paonia, Colorado, is a documentary about developmental pressures on rural communities. It’s the story of grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren--why they move to a place like Paonia, why they stay, why they leave, and why they return.
"And then there’s that feeling you get when you drive across the Continental Divide -- Colorado's Western Slope opening up beneath you. It’s like a weight has lifted, and you can breathe again.
I suppose we were like many of the families that call Paonia home: hard-working, mostly happy, and lucky to have found our elsewhere. But today, Paonia finds itself at a crossroads. Closing coal mines and potential oil and gas leases have shaken the valley. How will we create a resilient economy that's good for the people and the land? Do we pursue a solar or agricultural niche? Nurture an economy based on tourism? Extract coal, oil, and gas? And how will all this impact the next generations?" -Boyd Boland, Narrator, Of Apples and Anthracite
-Gary Steuer, Bonfils-Stanton
-Clara Boland Pena, Director/Producer