Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sundance Films: GASLAND

Director: Josh Fox

Summary: It is happening all across America—rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground—a hydraulic drilling process called “fracking”—and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. But what comes out of the ground with that “natural” gas? How does it affect our air and drinking water? GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money.(Sundance).

Thoughts: So here's what I want you to do. Don't even read the summary, don't even look for a trailer or read a review of this film. Just go to the website for Gasland and watch the video clip they have. And I can promise you you'll want to see Josh Fox's documentary. I'm literally resting my entire case for this film on that brief clip.

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