The Flocking: Coal-Aid Moviesode

Short animation reflecting the January 2014 West Virginia American Water water crisis in Charleston, WV, USA, where thousands of gallons of MCHM, a product used to clean coal, ended up in our tap water, and contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people. The water could not be used for drinking or bathing for 3 weeks, driving people from their homes and closing businesses. There is still some debate as to the safety of the water. The last half of the cartoon was produce during the crisis, with the first half being made some months later.

  • Jacob Fertig
    The Circus (2007)
  • Jacob Fertig
  • Jacob Fertig
    Porkchops: Rise of the Rind, Porkchops 3D
  • Jacob Fertig
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • West Virginia International Film Festival: An Evening of Films About the Water Crisis
    Charleston, WV
    May 13, 2014
Director Biography - Jacob Fertig

Jacob Fertig is a dissident artist, animator, and filmmaker nestled away in the beautiful hills of West Virginia in the United States. He is a graduate of West Virginia State University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. He is a filmmaker, animator, artist, and educator. He is an award winning animator, winning the Gold Key and Silver Awards from Scholastic for his animation WAR (2005), as well as awards from the West Virginia Filmmakers Film Festival and Auburn Universities Jay Saunders Film Festival for his animation The Circus (2007). He is a contributing animator on Radio Free Charleston, and for the Youtube talk show WTFU, and has been a producer on two feature films, Porkchops: Rise of the Rind, and Porkchops 3D.

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Director Statement

I make movies. Watch them. Don't watch them. It's up to you.