Award-winning filmmaker Sellus Wilder will make a guest appearance at the screening of his newly released film, “The End of the Line,” Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at Lebanon Valley College’s Miller Chapel. The film, which will be shown in Chapel 101, is free and open to the public.
The film spotlights the rise of a grassroots social movement in Kentucky opposed to the construction of the Bluegrass Pipeline. The pipeline is designed to carry natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the fracking fields of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio to processing and export facilities on the Gulf Coast.
Focusing on the voices and perspectives of ordinary people and local communities–including the singing Sisters of Loretto, who earned national acclaim for their local efforts to resist the oil & gas industry–the film shows how the events in Kentucky fit into the bigger picture of the global fossil fuel economy. The film highlights the struggles of a diverse coalition of farmers, activists, and ordinary people against two major energy companies threatening, as they saw it, their families, communities, land, liberty, and lives.
Wilder, whose film and video production company is based in Frankfort, Ky., started documenting this story in the summer of 2013. He will be available for questions and interviews after the screening.
The Kentucky story resonates in Lebanon County where two major pipeline projects have been proposed in recent months: the north-south 42-inch diameter, 1,480 pounds-per-square-inch natural gas Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, proposed by Williams Partners LP, and a major expansion of the east-west Mariner East pipeline, carrying NGLs, proposed by Sunoco Logistics, Inc.
The screening and filmmaker visit is sponsored by LVC’s first-year experience course on sustainability, taught by Michael Schroeder, professor of history. It is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Politics & Global Studies, the Department of Religion and Philosophy, the Center for Municipal & Corporate Sustainability, the Quittapahilla Watershed Association, the Quittapahilla Creek Garbage Museum, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness, and Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County.