Agsten, Gund and Neilan join Advisory Committee
HAWKS NEST TUNNEL DOCUMENTARY SECURES FOUR MORE ADVISORS
New York, New York – February 7, 2011 – Iron Bridge Pictures announced today that construction manager and missionary Carl Agsten, Jr., producer Catherine Gund, and publishers Charlotte and George Neilan join the Advisory Committee of Hawks Nest Tunnel: A Documentary.
Carl Agsten Jr. currently lives and works with his family in Nicaragua. He and his wife, the Rev. Leslie Clay, are Presbyterian missionaries working in partnership with CEPAD, the Nicaraguan Council of Protestant Churches. They are currently serving a three-year contract to support CEPAD’s mission of promoting peace and strengthening leadership in the poorest rural communities of Nicaragua. Carl is editor, writer and photographer for the CEPAD Report, a quarterly newsletter documenting CEPAD’s perspective on justice, politics, faith and partnership. Previously, Carl was a construction specifications writer for ZMM, Architects & Engineers for 12 years, where he also held a position on the board of directors. He also served as project manager and vice-president of Agsten Construction. Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts from Cornell University in the History of Architecture and Urban Development.
Catherine Gund, the founder of Aubin Pictures, is an Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer. Her media work focuses on arts and culture, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, the environment, and other social justice issues. Her films – which include A Touch of Greatness, Motherland Afghanistan, Making Grace, On Hostile Ground, and Hallelujah! – have screened around the world in festivals and theaters, on PBS, Discovery’s Planet Green, and the Sundance Channel, at community-based organizations, universities, and museums. Gund’s most recent project, What’s On Your Plate?, is a fun and provocative documentary about kids and food politics, accompanied by a curriculum, website and workbook for families.
Charlotte Neilan is the publisher of The Nicholas Chronicle in Summersville, WV. Before her newspaper career, Charlotte was a Conover model in New York City, and an RN at CAMC General in Charleston after graduation from the University of Charleston. George Neilan, a retired patent attorney, is graduate of Yale and George Washington Law School and currently a residential land developer in Charleston. Charlotte and George are actively planning a memorial to all Hawks Nest workers who died prematurely from working in the tunnel as well as actively trying to locate other workers’ burial sites.
“All of our new Advisors are activists and we are very pleased to have them working with us,” said David Pushkin, the film’s producer and director. “Carl’s missionary work and Catherine’s grassroots documentaries change the lives of many people. Charlotte and George Neilan are doing the important work of documenting and restoring hundreds of graves of workers who died drilling the Tunnel.”
The documentary is expected to debut 2012 and is actively raising funds through www.kickstarter.com and through other sources.
ABOUT HAWKS NEST TUNNEL: A DOCUMENTARY
The film, with the working title, Hawks Nest Tunnel: A Documentary is an investigative documentary that digs deeply into the largely untold story of government and big business. It uncovers the voices and faces of West Virginians who were impacted by our nation’s largest industrial tragedy. This timely story honors the memory of those who lost their lives at work and tells a critically important moral tale of greed, corruption and big business so representative of our current times of economic hardship and government bailouts for corporations.
David S. Pushkin, Dir.
Iron Bridge Pictures