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Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars

Narrated by Robert Redford. A film by Mat Hames and George Sledge

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Credits for Covenant

Directed and Written by:
Mat Hames

Executive Produced by:
Jill Tidman

Anne Nagelkirk

Director of Photography:
Wilson Waggoner and
Shane Kelly

Karen Skloss

Additional Editing:
Mat Hames and Ginny Patrick


Faith in Action


Co-produced by the Redford Center and Alpheus Media, in partnership with The Regeneration Project’s Interfaith Power & Light campaign, Covenant is a short film about people of faith from diverse religious traditions coming together to fight for clean air. In 2006, 19 conventional coal-fired power plants were proposed to be built in Texas and were being fast-tracked by the Governor.

Covenant illuminates how a handful of religious leaders — The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham (President, The Regeneration Project’s Interfaith Power & Light Campaign), Mary Darden (Baptist Deacon), Rabbi Steve Folberg, Bee Moorhead (Director, Texas Interfaith Power & Light), Texas State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, and Suzii Paynter (Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas) — put their faith into action and helped organize a grassroots movement that eventually led to a reduction in proposed plants, which went from 19 down to 11.

While Covenant was produced as short stand-alone film, it was also intended to serve as an introduction to longer award-winning film on the same subject, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. Copies of Covenant and Fighting Goliath are available on DVD for faith communities to use as a starting point for discussion and action on global warming. To get involved and sign up for a screening visit here.

Just one month after Covenant was released on DVD, over 60 congregations and faith organizations throughout the U.S. hosted screenings. The number continues to increase as the movement builds.

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