Adroit Films, LLC – Chesapeake, Virginia Video and Film Production

Upper Big Branch – Never Again

Additional Public Statement about Upper Big Branch – Never Again

Adroit Films made the Upper Big Branch – Never Again film to honor the memory of the victims by encouraging improvements in mine safety by presenting an alternate opinion about the cause of the accident. After reading the various reports about the explosion, Adroit Films came to the conclusion that conventional wisdom about the accident may have overlooked other likely causes, and because of that, proper steps have not yet been taken to prevent another accident.

The film intends to encourage meaningful discussion that goes beyond anger for Don Blankenship’s participation in the film. Mr. Blankenship’s controversial participation in the film has brought renewed attention to the topic of mine safety. Adroit Films hopes that the public discussion will go beyond criticizing Mr. Blankenship as messenger to addressing the points raised in this film so to have a meaningful debate about how mine safety can be improved. Public debate is one of the things that makes America great. Everyone has the right to voice their opinions on matters of public concern such as America’s reliance on coal, and ensuring that mining be made as safe as possible for miners.

The film has inspired a robust public discussion, Adroit Films hopes that the discussion shines a light on what mine safety improvements must be made to avert another Upper Big Branch disaster.

Public Statement about “Upper Big Branch – Never Again”

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides for the freedom of the press and freedom of speech for individuals and companies. The Upper Big Branch mine disaster is a matter of public concern. Every person is entitled under the First Amendment to have an opinion and discuss matters of public concern, including Adroit Films and Don Blankenship.

The purpose behind the Upper Big Branch – Never Again documentary is to review forensic evidence from the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster that occurred on April 5, 2010. The film seeks to start a public discussion about the need for cooperation among the mining industry, government and mining experts to improve mining safety. Analyzing forensic evidence from tragedies like the explosion at Upper Big Branch and adopting innovations and technology developed by coal companies could bring improvements to mine safety. Don Blankenship is concerned that improvements in mine safety will not be made as long as the geological characteristics of mines and mine disasters are not fully investigated.

Adroit Films did not deceive or intend to deceive any interview subject about the film or its participants. Interview subjects were asked to comment on mine safety and mine disasters. Each signed a release to agree to be interviewed for the film which was identified in the release as being about the Upper Big Branch mine. Information about Adroit Films and its projects is on its publicly accessible website, including information about a recent project produced for Don Blankenship.

The purpose of this project was to start a public discussion about coal mining and mine safety.

High Quality Documentary, Film, and Video Production

Adroit Films, LLC is a boutique documentary, film, and video production company located in Chesapeake, Virginia. We specialize in cutting-edge 4K and high-definition production and post-production.  Our staff has served US and International broadcast networks such as The Weather Channel, CBS, ABC, NBC, CBN, Reuters, BBC, and Associated Press Television, as well as scores of local television stations.

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Director of Photography James Lea sets up a jib shot for a scene in the short film, “Inviolate.”

Corporate and small business clients trust us to produce targeted sales and training presentations, cutting-edge commercials, and thought-provoking documentary films. Musicians love our innovative music video productions.

We also provide a-la-carte services, including cinematography, producing, audio design, motion graphics, video production, and video editing to accommodate all types of projects.


Adroit Films’ editor, sound designer, and motion graphics guru has been in the business since 1996 and has won many awards. Over 100 medium form video production projects have benefited from his expertise as an editor and/or producer; and he has filmed, produced, and directed hundreds of re-enactments for cable television. In addition to editing, sound design, and motion graphics, his skills include cinematography, still photography, and he is an amazing Director of Photography. To top it all off, he has 7 years experience working in marketing for an internationally-syndicated broadcasting network.  Our editing facilities are in Virginia Beach, VA and we screen your video production our custom designed screening room in Chesapeake, VA.


JamesOur staff is rounded out by James Lea, an award-winning Senior Director of Photography and Cinematographer who has worked in television professionally since 1989. Although he is formally trained in commercial photography and photojournalism, much of his career has been spent as a freelance video journalist, videographer, and live shot producer, covering breaking news, natural disasters, and war zones – so he certainly knows how to think on his feet and out-of-the-box! James didn’t just shoot news, though… Numerous corporate communications, training, and marketing videos – as well as dozens of television commercials – have his fingerprints on them. His work as a Director of Photography and Cinematographer has been seen on television networks, DVD’s, on the Internet, and in boardrooms around the world.  James lives in Chesapeake, VA and video production is his passion.

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