Harlan County: A Road to Change

Covers the effects of coal on a county and its people from the early 1900s to the present both the positive and turbulent years. Presently they are using adventure tourism to help improve their economy.

  • Kim Childers
  • Kim Childers
  • Kim Childers
  • Harlan County Underground
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  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon GL1
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  • Student Project:
  • LACineFest Film Festival Best Short Documentary Nov 2015
Director Biography - Kim Childers

In 2008, Kim became involved in the entertainment industry as a Producer, Director and Actor when she created a monologue for church that was well received and then two small plays for her community college class. Kim’s first filmed project was a documentary called Harlan County: A Road To Change (2014) which honors the coal mining country where her parents grew up, Harlan County, KY. Kim established Kaci Productions, LLC. Kaci Productions promotes projects that are geared toward middle class women with a focus on women having lead roles no matter the genre.

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Director Statement

This documentary was very near and dear to my heart. I did research for a several years putting everything together and writing and rewriting the script. Then I was able to put together a plan and made contact with several people in Harlan County, KY so that I could go and film there. It was a great experience and I loved every minute of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. Now, my ties to Harlan County are a lot stronger, especially with at least going back 5 generations that called Harlan County their home.