In West Virginia’s state capitol, journalists at a small, local paper are reporting on the front lines of almost every issue playing out in the national press–from the loss of coal and manufacturing jobs to water crises and a rollback on healthcare. They even have a billionaire businessman-turned-politician of their own, Governor and coal baron Jim Justice.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail has a well-earned, national reputation as a relentless watchdog over West Virginia’s most powerful. It has a long-standing history of exposing the effects of coal on the state, including the controversies surrounding mines owned by Governor Justice. But with dwindling resources, the family-owned paper is fighting to uphold its own promise to hold the institutions of their state accountable. It’s motto? SUSTAINED OUTRAGE.
In the field, in the newsroom, and at the statehouse, SUSTAINED OUTRAGE embeds with executive editor, publisher, and intrepid reporters of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Overburdened, underfunded and under threat, will the paper and its legendary “sustained outrage” be sustainable?
About the Filmmakers
Elizabeth Leiter began her career in documentary on the PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She then moved to HBO where she worked on two films, Oscar nominated God is the Bigger Elvis and Miss You Can Do It. Recent projects include Parched: Money Flows, which provides a deeper look at Flint and Detroit's water crises and their connection to Wall Street, narrated by Alex Gibney and the series Age of Aerospace which explores the history of aviation produced by The Documentary Group. Elizabeth directed three short films for Rwanda Girls Initiative about women’s education in Rwanda. She has produced for National Geographic Channel, Al Jazeera America, CNN, Vice and OWN. Work has taken her to Lebanon, Somaliland, Antarctica, Peru and her hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Tom Yellin is an Academy Award nominated producer and President of The Documentary Group, an independent production company founded in 2006 with offices in New York and Los Angeles. TDG produces long form and short form films for the major commercial networks, public television and cable, as well as for the educational market and theatrical release. As president and executive producer, Tom Yellin has overseen all of The Documentary Group’s projects. Recent films include the 2016 Academy Award nominated feature documentary, Cartel Land (Winner Best Director and Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival), the feature documentary Midsummer in Newtown (Premiere at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival), the feature documentary and social action campaign Girl Rising, and Academy Award-Nominated Operation Homecoming. Other projects include TV specials We Will Rise (CNN) and The Homefront (PBS), as well as the limited series The Age of Aerospace (Discovery) and America in Primetime (PBS, MSNBC). The Doc Group’s programs have won numerous honors, including the duPont, Peabody, Emmy, Gabriel and Polk awards.