"I strive to tell stories that mainstream media won't tell, to employ storytelling techniques that allow people to speak for themselves, with a firm belief that media can be used to help communities achieve justice and equity."
Robert Salyer is a documentary artist from the central Appalachian coalfields of eastern
Kentucky and southwest Virginia. Trained in media at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and a staff
member there since 1998, Salyer produced and edited Sludge, a documentary that examines a major
Kentucky coal-waste spill and its effects on the environment and community. The documentary
aired on LINK TV and Kentucky Educational Television.
Salyer has worked as a resident artist at Kentucky State University and as a mentor with the New York University Tisch School/Appalshop Exchange and Appalshop's youth media training program, Appalachian Media Institute. He launched the Community Correspondents Corps at WMMT-FM 88.7 in Whitesburg, and has worked as a sound recordist and cinematographer for productions by CNBC, Greenpeace, Center for Home Movies, and Break Thru Films, among others. Salyer's work has been screened extensively in the United States and abroad, including during the Museum of Modern Art's Documentary Fortnight and Film Festival Dokumenter in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. He has been active in Appalshop's international media exchange project with emerging Indonesian media makers.
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