Since 1988, the Appalachian Media Institute has provided opportunities for young people from across Central Appalachia to explore their home communities, address local issues, and become thoughtful, engaged citizens through the process of place-based media making.

2017 marks the 29th year of a program that has intensively trained over 1,200 young people and supported the production of over 200 youth-made media pieces, ranging from profiles of Appalachian artisans, to regional identity, to studies of the economic, environmental and societal impacts of coal mining practices in the region.

Join our youth filmmakers for these screenings: 
Justice For All is a documentary film by AMI interns Oliver Baker and Aaron Combs that tells the story of community perceptions of the Black Lives Matter movement in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, shining a light on the realities of racial justice in a rural, predominantly white community. 

Not a Daughter is a documentary film by AMI peer trainer Oakley Fugate that tells the story of Oliver Baker, a LGBT-Q youth growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

Go Your Own Way is a documentary film by AMI interns Elyssia Lowe, Jaydon Tolliver & Joshua Collier that tells the story of four residents of eastern Kentucky who are pushing towards a new diversified, equitable economy through arts and agriculture.

My Kind of Music is a documentary film by AMI intern Eli Bedel that explores the impact that the popularization of old time music has had on the regional style in eastern Kentucky.