Story on film in need of rewrite
As a West Virginia native and a professor at UCSC, I produced the documentary "Goodbye Gauley Mountain" to celebrate the incredible spirit of the state that I love. This documentary educates and engages audiences about coal mining in general and mountaintop removal in particular. I purposefully premiered the film in Charleston, just before it screened in Vancouver, Canada and Mexico City. Sneak previews across the U.S., France, Spain and England have garnered positive critical acclaim.
Imagine my surprise when the only newspaper coverage of this hometown premiere ("Potpourri" column, Aug. 19) was a Facebookesque post that opened with a classic piece of slut shaming. This blurb focused on my co-creator and partner Annie Sprinkle who is a world-renowned artist, activist and scholar in addition to having been a porn star (a fact known by a surprising number of West Virginians).
It would have been wonderful if the author had seen the film and then shared his viewpoint as part of an intelligent conversation instead of a moralistically tinged snipe. The lack of critical discussion of the film itself was a missed opportunity for the paper. If any of my students had written this, they would have been required to do a rewrite.
Professor of Art, Digital Art and New Media
University of California