Description: ELMO TRF, DRAMATIZATION, WEST VA, STRIP MINING, MUD SLIDES, ANGRY RESIDENTS LOBBY FOR A BILL, WASHINGTON DC, LEGISLATURE, CHECKERS; DX EXT pan across peaceful, misty mountain area, shaky shots of the forest, old man w/huge rifle walks along terrain; DX EXT old man looks around, dump truck drives in distance, old man finds trees cut down, workers are chainsawing away @ trees; DX EXT old man enters cemetery, rolls up cigarette while talking about his wood land being destroyed, bulldozers do their thing; DX EXT montage of bulldozers scooping up dirt, old guy walks among ruins w/his rifle (guess he does this a lot...); DX INT depressed old man looks out rainy window at mud collapsing in rushing water forming a mudslide, then a rockslide; DX EXT muddy kid looks on, young men dig car out of dirt, women shovel mud off porch, car is hood-deep in mud; DX EXT pick-up truck drives along road, int T/H angry residents complain about storm damage, old man walks along rocks; DX EXT old man & woman argue over storm damage, car mount of truck driving on road, old man speaks of mud-covered stream; DX EXT old man reflects angry but passive mood of town that refuses to seek help for storm damages; NX INT old women recalls storm over fire, old man in market argues w/another old man on whether they should work @ strip mine; NX INT towns people gather @ church, town's rep & strip miner addresses crowd (note the miners are referred to as 'strippers'); NX INT town meeting continues & concludes DX EXT bulldozers move more dirt, towns folk drive to state meeting to seek relief; DX INT townsfolk argue in car as to whether or not they have the power to win against their rich opponents; DX INT more of residents discussing their apprehension, black woman discusses racism from when she was in school; DX EXT aerial Capitol Building, townsfolk walk up steps & look @ bldg, they walk up steps some are doubtful, some are confident;DX INT townsfolk meet w/state rep over passing of bill banning strip mines, some are asked to speak, they all tense up & refuse; DX INT the townsfolk argue over who should speak to the senate; DX INT the old man is nervous about speaking since he has neither the education or his teeth; DX INT old man speaks in front of the senate, state rep speaks to locals, asking them to make themselves heard to legislature; DX INT locals explain their damages to legislature, old man interviewed, now he's rather talkative!; DX INT rain dropping on car window, rain on street, townsfolk look out window waiting for word on the strip mining bill; DX INT old man & woman play checkers, another old guy sleeps in bg, they are again apprehensive about the bill; NX INT cu checkerboard, more shots locals looking out rainy window, they watch TV news to see if bill was passed; NX INT the people find out the bill has been passed, old man plays banjo, they all dance & celebrate; NX EXT z-outhouse, DX old man walks in woods;
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