His directed interests

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 23, 2011

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Wayland-bred director Bill Haney spoke to us this week about his latest documentary, “The Last Mountain,’’ which follows the fight between a small Appalachian community and a coal-mining company and features Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Haney, who also helmed 2007’s “The Price of Sugar,’’ which explored the plight of a Haitian community harvesting sugar cane in unhealthy conditions, told us that despite the seriousness of his film topics, he can let loose. He is more than capable of zoning out in front of the television, especially if a game is on. “I’m watching the Red Sox. I’m a pathological sports fan. As a Bostonian, it’s a great time to be a pathological sports fan.’’ Of course, when it comes to his projects, he is attracted to weightier issues. “There are so many movies that I like watching, or novels or plays that I like, and I’m delighted to spent two hours on them — but I’m not delighted to spend two years on them.’’ He was satisfied to spend years on “Mountain’’ which, he says proudly, has made people angry and acutely aware of the environmental challenges such mining communities face. Haney said he has been privileged to screen the film in coal country, but is especially excited to show the movie at home in Boston, where his audiences are often educated, inspired, and curious. He will be at the Kendall Square Cinema tomorrow night to answer questions after the 7:10 p.m. show. “This is absolutely categorically my home,’’ said Haney, who also runs an environmental prefab home company in Longmeadow. “It’s where my kids are, where my dogs are, and where my life is.’’