Nominee, IFP/Gotham Awards; “Best Documentary” Appalachian Film Festival; Winner, "Koronisfest Award", Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival.
“A new masterpiece.” - West Virginia Gazette
“Compelling and transcendent.” - Huffington Post
"Respectful, thorough, and relevant.” - Variety
Directed by Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, ON COAL RIVER tells the story of a former coal miner and his neighbors in a David-and-Goliath struggle to save their mountains, their valley, and life as they know it. ON COAL RIVER premiered at AFI/SILVERDOCS in June 2010, aired on Outside Television, and screened in over 70 cities across the US as part of the Whole Foods "Do Something Reel" Film Festival.
El Chivo (the Mountain Goat) is what the indigenous Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons call Runner Will Harlan ever since he won the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon.
Since Harlan's first visit with the Tarahumara, who are renown for long distance running, he's dramatically changed the way he and his family live. El Chivo chronicles what motivates Harlan and shows the demands of being an altruistic, elite Ultra Marathoner.
Mini-documentary filmed and edited by Adams Wood for Greenpeace International, in the Arctic community of Point Hope, Alaska.
“Rod Murphy has a gift for showcasing the commonness of his subject’s day-to-day concerns, making us relate to them as actual human beings” - San Antonio Current
Winner Rivers Edge Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary & Best of Fest ArtsFest Film Festival