King Coal Opening at the Cinema Art Theater in Lewes

August 18th, 2023 - 3:00 pm

King Coal Opening at the Cinema Art Theater in Lewes

Opening August 18, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater presents King Coal, a deeply moving documentary about the journey of a woman as she explores the region where she lives.

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Oscar-nominated filmmaker (and film narrator) Elaine McMillion Sheldon reshapes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and impassioned immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life, imagining the ways a community can re-envision itself. While situated in the regions under the reign of King Coal, where McMillion Sheldon has lived and worked her entire life, the film transcends time and place, emphasizing the ways in which all are connected through an immersive mosaic of belonging, ritual, and imagination. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, the film untangles the pain from the beauty, and illuminates the innately human capacity for change. [2023, US, 80 min, Rating: NR]

Christopher Llewellyn Reed of Film Festival Today says, “As a work of cinema, King Coal proves aesthetically stunning, while also holding our attention as cultural anthropology.”

Screening times are 3 pm on Fri (Aug 18), 3 pm on Sat (Aug 19), 5 pm on Sun (Aug 19) and 3 pm on Thu (Aug 24). Admission is $9 for members, $11.50 for general audiences and $5 for students (student tickets available only at the theater box office). Purchase advance tickets online at or at the Cinema Art Theater box office in Lewes.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society (RBFS) promotes the art of cinema through education and cultural enrichment programming. RBFS provides opportunities for film enthusiasts and diverse audiences to convene and celebrate cinematic achievement during events such as the annual Fall Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 8 – 12). Other special programming includes The MET Live in HD, National Theatre Live from London’s West End, and Exhibitions on Screen™. The Society operates a two-screen theater complex, Cinema Art Theater (CAT) sharing the latest first-run Indies, features and documentaries at the only Art House in Sussex County.


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