Concord and West Virginia PBS To Host Special Showings of The Winding Gulf: Stories From West Virginia's Coalfields

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 16 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – West Virginia Public Broadcasting will be offering a special viewing of The Winding Gulf: Stories from West Virginia’s Coalfields on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 12 noon in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s Main Auditorium. The Fine Arts Center is located on Concord’s campus at 1000 Vermillion Street in Athens, W.Va.

The Winding Gulf: Stories from West Virginia’s Coalfields is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the impact of the coal mining industry in southern West Virginia. Focused mainly on coal camp life in eastern Wyoming and western Raleigh counties, The Winding Gulf reflects the story of West Virginia and offers a better understanding of the way of life experienced in these areas.

Concord University’s Communication Arts Instructor Jessica Lilly co-produced the documentary. She grew up in a Wyoming County community. “I was honored to work with such great talent to document the rich history of the Winding Gulf,” she said.

Lilly worked with decorated documentarian Russ Barbour of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Barbour grew up in Wilkinson, a coal camp in Logan County. “One thing I’ve learned over the course of this production,” Barbour said, “is that it takes more than growing up in coal country to fully appreciate coal mining and the culture surrounding it.”

Admission is free. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Concord University are offering these special viewings for southern West Virginia residents. The Winding Gulf: Stories from West Virginia’s Coalfields will premiere on West Virginia PBS on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. DVD copies will be available after the premiere.


Lindsay Crance, a Public Relations student at Concord University, wrote this press release. She is from Covington, Va.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.