Sarah Kadish decided in the fall 2012 that the issues of her homeland were not well-represented in the media. Closer to the point, she expressed her frustration with the people of Appalachia Kentucky being defined only by the intretrests of coal versus enviornmentalists.
A native of Leslie County, Kadish wanted to produce a documentary that pointed directly to the issues her people face when making decisions about their land. With “Living in Between,” she spoke with a retired cola miner, a scholar and two well-known writers from the region. Also, she spoke with Terry Ratliff, a chairmaker in Floyd County who’s had to face the question of a mountaintop removal mine project on his property.
The documentary was subsidized by the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Morehead State, and the project was overseen by convergent media faculty members Tim Creekmore and John Flavell. Kadish won a merit award during presentations in April.
Kadish is a graduate of Morehead State University and has been accepted into the MFA program at Ohio University in Athens.
Below is the abstract for “Living in Between” and and her film
The history, landscape, and in some cases, culture of southeastern Kentucky has been shaped by the extraction industry: first timber, then coal. Regardless of right or wrong, pro or con, the presence of this industry forces Appalachians to make difficult decisions. Some of those decisions have forced Appalachians to recognize a shift in their relationship with the land. This short documentary was produced as means of exploring and sharing relationships between land, cultural values, and the mono-economy created by the coal industry in southeastern Kentucky. Multi-generational Appalachians discuss these different aspects and share their perspectives, as well as their personal tribulations and hopes for the future. This documentary was supported by the MSU Undergraduate Research Fellowship.