‘Goodbye Gauley Mountain’ film to be shown March 26


AnnieSprinkle_BethStephensA free public screening of the mountaintop removal documentary, “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story,” will take place Thursday, March 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Smith Hall 154. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s directors, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle.

The award-winning 2013 documentary explores the interrelationship between environmentalism and LGBTQ activism. In the film, the married couple Beth Stephens, a native West Virginian, and Annie Sprinkle return to Stephens’ childhood home near Gauley Mountain. They examine the effects of mountaintop removal, meet with local environmental activists, explore the sensuality of nature and perform their own environmental and ecosexual resistance by marrying the Appalachian Mountains. The film contains sexual themes and some nudity.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain is a wonderfully personal and inventive documentary,” said Dr. Walter Squire, assistant professor of English and organizer of the event. “The film takes tree-hugging to a whole new level. You will never look at environmentalism the same way again.”

Refreshments will be provided and individuals are encouraged to arrive early, as seats are expected to fill up quickly.

The event is sponsored by the Marshall’s Department of English, Department of Religious Studies, University Libraries, and the Honors College, as well as the Appalachian Studies Association. For more information, contact Squire at squirew@marshall.edu


Photo: Beth Stephens (left) and Annie Sprinkle will be at the showing of “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story,” which they directed, to answer questions after the film.