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by Lela Scott MacNeil
August 10th, 2010

Gasland opens on September 15th at the IFC Center in New York City.

Learn more about Gasland screenings in your area.

Beginning August 27th, Rooftop Films, The Fledgling Fund, and International WOW Company are taking Josh Fox’s powerful new documentary Gasland on tour to potentially affected regions. Gasland has been getting all sorts of attention for its exposure of the horrible effects of a new type of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing. The tour will bring free screenings of the film to some of the areas most seriously affected by this type of drilling, including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Callicoon, Syracuse, and New York City in New York.

The tour is part of Rooftop Films ongoing expansion into new cities.

Gasland is the story of what happened when a natural gas mining company offered Josh Fox and his upstate New York neighbors $100,000 each for the right to drill for gas on their land, and Fox thought he’d better examine what was going on before he signed away his property. This led him on a cross-country odyssey that uncovered a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. The result is an eye-opening documentary that is part vérité travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, and part showdown.

Fox serves as the film’s emotional divining rod, wandering and wavering throughout the US, picking up on tragic tales of people, animals and places contaminated beyond repair, pointing always toward the hazardous link between “clean” natural gas and dangerously polluted water. Explaining the problem, Fox says, “Let me start at the beginning: this is Dick Cheney.” In 2005, Cheney’s secretive Energy Commission designed a bill that was able to overturn parts of various decades-old environmental-protection legislation, allowing for a relatively new process of gas drilling, invented by Halliburton. Commonly referred to as “fracking,” in this new process, the mining companies inject a cornucopia of toxic chemicals deep into the ground and explode the rock beds. Companies across 38 states are doing this with almost no oversight or regulations, often operating within feet of homes, schools, streams, wells and aquifers. An EPA spokesmen describes the legislation as “Orwellian” and “Un-American.”

As Fox chases the companies’ operations across the country, he encounters cats and horses losing their hair in clumps, men and women with sudden painful illnesses, and houses where you can literally light the tap water on fire. Cowboys and roughnecks in the far west and deep south–certainly not your granola-eating tree-huggers–decry the situation with pathos, charm and a bit of mordant humor. The gas companies deny, deny, deny.

Fox is able to explain the process and the repercussions with an easy-going verve and a dire sense of urgency. With a swelling populist love for America, Fox gets the viewer to understand the problem and care deeply. Gasland begins as a personal query about Fox’s own land, morphs into a documentary as he encounters people with stories to tell, and ends as activist rallying cry exposing one of America’s most dangerous environmental secrets.

Rooftop Films, The Fledgling Fund, and International WOW Company are proud to help expose these horrifying stories–amazingly wide-spread and consistent wherever natural gas is drilled–in the hopes that this won’t be a secret for long.

Presented in Partnership with: Allegheny Defense Project, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cinereach, PennEnvironment, Clean Water Action, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, the Delaware Youth Center, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Keep Cochecton Green, the Philadelphia Underground Film Fest, and Solar One.

Show Details:

Friday, August 27th
Pittsburg, PA
Venue: Frick Park
Address: Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Directions
Rain: In the event of rain, this event will be held on Saturday, August 28th

7:00 PM: Doors Open
7:30 PM: Live Music
8:15 PM: Film Begins
9:30 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists

This show is FREE. More information here.

Friday, September 3rd
Philadelphia, PA
Venue: At the Piazza at Schmidt’s
Address: North Second Street and Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Directions
Rain: This event will be held rain or shine.

7:00 PM: Doors Open
7:30 PM: Live Music
8:15 PM: Film Begins
10:00 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists
10:30 PM: After Party

This show is FREE. More information here.

Sunday, September 5th
Callicoon, NY
Venue: Delaware Youth Center
Address: 8 Creamery Road, Callicoon, NY 12723
Directions.
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held indoors at the same location.

6:00 PM: Performances and speeches by local artists and activists
7:30 PM: Live Music
8:15 PM: Film Begins
10:00 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists

This show is FREE. More information here.

Tuesday, September 7th
Harrisburg, PA
Venue: Reservoir Park
7:30 PM: Live Music
8:15 PM: Film Begins
10:00 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists
Rain: In the event of rain, this event will be held on Wednesday, September 8th
This show is FREE.
More information here.

6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Live Music
7:45 PM: Film Begins
9:30 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists

Thursday, September 9th
Syracuse, NY
Venue: The amphitheater at Thornden Park
Address: Syracuse, New York 13210
Directions: The park is adjoined by Ostrom Avenue, Madison Street, and South Beech Street. The amphitheater is in the center of the park, to the east of the tennis courts.
Rain: In the event of rain, this event will be held on Friday, September 10th

6:30 PM: Doors Open
7:00 PM: Live Music
7:30 PM: Film Begins
9:30 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists

This show is FREE. More information here.

Saturday, September 11th
New York, NY
Venue: On the pier along the East River at Solar One
Address: 2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River
Directions: R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.
Rain: In the event of rain, this event will be held on Sunday, September 12th

6:00 PM: Doors Open
6:30 PM: Live Music
7:30 PM: Film Begins
9:30 PM: Q&A with Director Josh Fox and Local Activists
10:00 PM: After Party

This show is $10. More information here.

About the Partners:

Josh Fox is the founder and Artistic Director of the theater company International WOW Company and the director of Gasland. www.gaslandthemovie.com

International WOW Company is a film and theater company that works closely with actors and non actors from diverse cultural backgrounds, including members of the US Military, activist communities in sustainable energy and design and actors, dancers, designers and filmmakers from around the world to create new work that addresses current national and global social and political crises. www.internationalwow.com.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. www.rooftopfilms.com

The Fledgling Fund seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems. www.thefledglingfund.org

Allegheny Defense Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the natural heritage of the Alleghenies and Pennsylvania’s only national forest, the Allegheny National Forest. www.alleghenydefense.org

Catskill Citizens For Safe Energy is a volunteer grassroots organization intended to give residents a voice in the emerging energy decisions in the Catskills. www.catskillcitizens.org

Catskill Mountainkeeper is a regional non-profit grassroots environmental organization working to protect the Catskills. www.catskillmountainkeeper.org

Cinereach is a not-for-profit film production company and foundation that champions vital stories, artfully told. www.cinereach.org

Citizens Campaign for the Environment helps citizens increase their influence and participation in important environmental campaigns. www.citizenscampaign.org

Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America’s waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. www.cleanwater.org

Damascus Citizens for Sustainability is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Upper Delaware River Basin and beyond from the ravages of deep-shale gas extraction and the threat posed by the natural gas industry. www.damascuscitizens.org

Delaware Youth Center is used for a host of events and activities by five different townships in New York and nearby Pennsylvania, providing social, recreational and educational opportunities to the community. www.delawareyouthcenter.org

Keep Cochecton Green is a grass roots group whose mission is to educate the public on the dangers of natural gas drilling and other issues that we consider instrumental in keeping our town safe and beautiful. www.cochecton.org

PennEnvironment works aggressively to tackle the environmental and public health threats related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling. www.PennEnvironment.org

The Philadelphia Underground Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the City of Philadelphia a constant stream of the world’s best cinema, year-round. www.phillyfilmfest.com

Solar One, the City’s first solar-powered “Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center,” inspires New Yorkers to become environmentally responsible city dwellers. www.solar1.org

Gasland opens on September 15th at the IFC Center in New York City.

Learn more about Gasland screenings in your area.

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7 Responses to “Six City Tour of Josh Fox’s Gasland”

  1. [...] is embarking on a Western Swing Tour. Similar to Rooftop’s own tour of Josh Fox’s film Gasland, is this sort of maneuver a fun but necessary requirement for an independent film or documentary to [...]

  2. Waiting, waiting,waiting……

  3. JEn says:

    Hope he edits it to cut out the politicians he makes seem good but who are actually bad! Like Rep Hinchey and Council Member Gennarro, weird if he doesnt!

  4. RB says:

    Natural gas is also in many of our homes and businesses for heating and cooking. Please sign the petition at http://www.alkalizeforhealth.net/Lnaturalgas.htm If you become a victim of a ng leak you will want to know what you’ve been exposed to.

  5. RJ says:

    We need this film shown in Lock Haven, PA (Clinton County), I left a mesg on GasLand site, but have not received a reply. The local media (radio and newspaper), in Clinton County are not telling the truth about the impact to our environment. It’s all about a few people getting very rich off of everyones’ natural resources.

  6. [...] Friday August 27, Rooftop Films kicked off our six-city Gasland tour in Pittsburgh, and the event was a fantastic success. There were some 600 people in attendance, [...]

  7. Ethelyn says:

    Why is Council member Gennaro bad? He called a City Council meeting Aungust 24th with open hearings in NYC. Please explain.RJ. I hear that the EPA is compromised. Failed Scientsts; bureaucrats.PLEASE. CAN ANYONE GET ME A COPY OF GASLAND BEFORE DECEMBER? II have all kinds of venues where I can show it. Public Libraries , Clubs, Universities etc. etc.
    NYC residents are not aware of what is happening, just UPstate, NY. Am preparing a major letter and am using 60 Minute Interview for a clip.

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