The Anthracite Heritage Museum Movie Screening of NEPADOC

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The Anthracite Heritage Museum is excited to announce the screening of the new documentary film, NEPADOC, by David Heineman at the museum in McDade Park, Scranton on November 11 at 2 pm. $2 suggested donation or free with museum admission. The address is 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18504. Call (570) 963-4804 or visit for more information.

NEPADOC is a new feature-length documentary about intersections of environment, industry, and identity in Northeastern Pennsylvania over the past 300 years. The idea for NEPADOC was born out of more than a decade of research into the history and culture of the Northeastern region of Pennsylvania (often abbreviated as “NEPA”). Filmed over a period of eight months across more than a dozen Pennsylvania counties, NEPADOC is the first feature film by director David Heineman.

NEPADOC highlights the resilience of a people who, surrounded by the insular beauty of Appalachia, maintain a well-earned mistrust of authority, a fierce sense of independence, and an often-tenuous relationship with their own past. Drawing inspiration from nonverbal documentary landmarks such as Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and Ron Fricke’s Baraka (1992), the filmmakers focused the camera’s attention on the many beautiful natural landscapes found throughout the region, on ruins of the bygone lumber and coal industries that defined the region’s history, on the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, and on the many faces of those who continue to define NEPA’s character and community.

NEPADOC combines these gorgeous new 4K images, remastered and rarely seen archival footage of the region, and a sweeping synth-driven score into a dizzying and contemplative meditation on culture, on place, and on how we choose to remember the past. In this way, the film showcases the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth in the region, revealing that the story of this place is a story one shared by many places across the globe. Contact: David Heineman; Dweebland Productions | 570-389-4188