Get a sneak preview of the new documentary “Coal Country” tonight

Watch mountains explode, rivers turn black and grown men cry.

Nope, we’re not talking about 2012, but another disturbing movie debuting this weekend about the end of the world.

At least, the end of the world as Appalachian residents know it.

Sierra Club has gone cinematic with their environmental protection in Coal Country, a feature-length documentary that shows in graphic detail that our coal-fired power plants aren’t just killing us with the global warming pollution that spews from the smokestacks.

Set in the Appalachian Mountains, the movie investigates mountaintop removal mining — which is exactly what it sounds like — and how the earth-scouring practice effects the lives of workers and residents of the surrounding communities.

The national television runs starts Saturday, when the film debuts on Planet Green television at 8 p.m. But Kansas City residents are invited to a sneak preview tonight.

Local environmentalist Kerry Anderson is hosting a house party at her place — 12123 Goodman St., Overland Park, Kansas — starting at 7 p.m. The only thing Sierra Club asks in return for the hospitality is that attendees consider writing a letter to President Obama, urging measures restricting mountaintop removal practices, after the screening.

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