“The rare example of cinema art that is also an organizing tool, the pic has a level of research, gutsiness and energy that should generate sensational response everywhere it plays…if a film can ever enact social change, which is rare, the potency of GasLand suggests that this may be that film.” – Robert Koehler, Variety
Washington, D.C. Premiere 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. Why? 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 a natural gas 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 strength and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives a cash offer in the mail to sell his own property for gas extraction, 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. Directed by Josh Fox. Produced by Trish Adlesic, Josh Fox and Molly Gandour. Winner, Special Jury Prize, 2010 Sundance Film Festival.