National Geographic Making New Coal Industry Doc Available for Free

'From the Ashes' can be viewed on a variety of platforms from June 26-July 3.

National Geographic is offering free viewing of the new documentary From the Ashes on a wide array of digital and streaming platforms, beginning Monday and running through July 3. Michael Bonfiglio’s film looks at communities across America as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump administration.

Nat Geo said it was making the doc available in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement to further the “network’s commitment to providing audiences with the resources and knowledge needed to preserve the planet and change the world.”

The film will be available commercial-free and unauthenticated via YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play and VOD and unauthenticated on and Nat Geo TV Apps (iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Connected TVs).

From the Ashes is more relevant than ever. The film explores the complexities of the coal industry and its impact on the environment, economy and public health,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic channels. “At National Geographic, we are committed to furthering the national dialogue on clean energy and are thrilled to make From the Ashes available for free across such a wide array of streaming platforms.”

The film was produced by the Oscar- and Emmy-winning production company RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. It was directed by Bonfiglio, produced by Sidney Beaumont and executive produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, as well as Jon Kamen, Katherine Oliver and Justin Wilkes.

In a video message, above, Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, says, “Coal affects our lives and planet in important ways, but people often take positions on it without seeing the full picture. So this week, National Geographic is making From the Ashes available for free on a number of platforms. We encourage family and friends to watch the film and join the CrowdRise campaign to support organizations that are helping create new jobs in coal country.”

The film premiered earlier this year at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and then had a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles before its global broadcast debut on National Geographic beginning Sunday. National Geographic will continue to roll out the film globally across 171 countries and 45 languages. 

Bloomberg Philanthropies also organized a worldwide screening tour of From the Ashes, hosting viewings in several cities including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco, Vancouver and Washington, as well as stops in Brussels, London, Mexico City and Paris. The film has also been screened at more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide.