Hard Road of Hope Film Screening

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Live & Digital Film Screening of award-winning documentary Hard Road of Hope! In-person event will be held in Charlottesville, VA.

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Live and digital film screening of the award-winning documentary Hard Road of Hope!

Hard Road of Hope takes viewers into the hills and hollers of West Virginia, into the past as a tool for understanding the present and building a better future. Through the story of West Virginia, folks from across the country and indeed the world can relate to the power of radical organizing and the dire need for serious and systemic change now.

Check out the trailer below!

The event schedule:

  • A pre-screening musical performance outdoors by Eleanor Goldfield
  • Film screening indoors (see details below)
  • Post-film panel and discussion outdoors

Panel speakers include filmmaker and director Eleanor Goldfield, president of Keeper of the Mountains, Paul Corbit Brown, and Board Member of Preserve Monroe, Executive Committee Member of the POWHR Coalition, Maury Johnson

The event is sponsored by Appalachian Voices and ARTivism Virginia. The Live event will take place in Charlottesville, VA. Directions will be sent to you via email once you purchase your ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccination mandatory for attending the live screening.

The screening will take place in a 48' x 29' large, well-ventilated indoor space (doors and windows open, quiet fans going). See image below of space. COVID-safe protocols will be observed including social distancing and masks. Chairs will be provided. Please also be prepared to take off your shoes.

This event is pay-what-you-can for both the digital and live options. Suggested donations are $5 for the digital and $10 for live.

NOTE: Because the event is pay-what-you-can, you can only buy one ticket at a time! If you want multiple tickets, you'll need to purchase each one individually.

Necessary information on directions to live event, and the url for digital screening will be sent via email once ticket is purchased.


As Kay Ferguson of ARTivism Virginia put it, "Hard Road of Hope powerfully reveals a devilish two step in which the long destruction of a culture by extractive industry renders a place and its people vulnerable to continued environmental injustice. For those resisting the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the fracking industry, Eleanor Goldfield's documentary will bring a better understanding of what we are fighting and how to help."

As Paul Corbit Brown, president of Keepers of the Mountain said, "So many have come to WV to tell our story- some have done so better than others. But Eleanor's film is one of the very few that told our story in our own words; succinctly, and with a clarity and dignity that can’t be ignored. Our story is yet another in a long line of wake up calls happening around the world. Eleanor's film sounds that alarm in a way that can’t be denied."

More reviews, trailers, awards and info can be found at

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Organizer Eleanor Goldfield

Organizer of Hard Road of Hope Film Screening

Eleanor Goldfield is a creative radical, journalist and filmmaker. Her reporting work has appeared on Free Speech TV, RT America, Mint Press News, ROAR, Popular Resistance, Truthdig and more. She is one of the 2020 recipients of the “Women and Media Award” presented by The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press. She is currently a board member of the Media Freedom Foundation.

Her first documentary, "Hard Road of Hope," has garnered international praise, a Best Feature Length Documentary award, and Best Woman Filmmaker Award, and has Official Selection laurels in 13 film festivals including Cannes Independent. Her first solo EP, “No Solo” features 3 original songs and 2 original spoken word pieces.

Currently, Eleanor is the host of the podcast Act Out! and the co-host of the podcast Common Censored along with Lee Camp as well as the Silver Threads Podcast with carla bergman.

Previously, she founded and fronted the political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries who toured extensively, opening up for acts such as Tom Morello and Helmet. She worked for 10 years in recording studios such as The Village in Los Angeles as a technician, and during that time received a B.S. (which she finds endlessly amusing) in Audio Science.

Her work as a community organizer is based on mutual aid principles and direct action.

As an artist, her work typically combines live music, spoken word and projected visuals. Besides touring, performing and media work, she also assists in frontline action organizing and activist trainings.

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