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Our look at
JOSH FOX & GASLAND

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Josh Fox arrested protesting
Tar Sands pipeline
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4 Emmy Nominations
for GASLAND

Exceptional Merit in
Nonfiction Filmmaking - 2011

Outstanding Cinematography For
Nonfiction Programming - 2011

Outstanding Directing For
Nonfiction Programming - 2011

Outstanding Writing For
Nonfiction Programming - 2011

63rd Primetime Emmy Awards
September 18, 2011


June 29, 2011

Special Recognition
for Josh Fox from the
City of Dallas, Texas

Special recognition for Josh Fox from the City of Dallas, Texas
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July 28, 2012
Josh Fox speaks to STOP THE FRACK ATTACK crowd in Washington DC

 

 
 

June 13, 2011
Video of Josh Fox's Dept. of Energy Presentation

 

 

 
GASLAND

With a gritty narration reminiscent of the movie 'Apocalypse Now,' Josh Fox takes the world on tour of natural gas drilling across the US in his movie GASLAND. This revealing documentary gained widespread popularity during its run on HBO in 2010.

GASLAND takes you on a cross country drive to meet with many victims of shale drilling. While the startling fireballs from tapwater might be the first thing to surprise you, it's the heart-rending stories of bad water and declining health that you take home with you.

This documentary is extremely important on many levels. At the least, it teaches those with little knowledge of these new gas extraction methods the key issues around fracking. Most importantly, it opens the critical dialogue needed around hydraulic fracturing, on the environmental, legislative, political and world stage. Real world stories from everyday people provide the credibility needed to make this the most important documentary of the 21st Century.

As expected, oil and gas industry advocacy groups have been trying everything possible in an attempt to discredit the movie. Josh Fox has responded to that attempt at debunking in this piece: Affirming Gasland. In early February 2011, the following Open Letter was published to provide further updates.
 


AN OPEN LETTER TO JOURNALISTS FROM GASLAND DIRECTOR JOSH FOX IN RESPONSE TO ATTACKS BY GAS INDUSTRY

 
February 7, 2011 -- With the recent Oscar nomination of my documentary film GASLAND, Big Gas and their PR attack machine hit a new low in its blatant disregard for the truth.

In an unprecedented move, an oil and gas industry front group sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saying that the film should be ineligible for best documentary feature. 

We are honored and encouraged by the Academy’s nomination.  It is terrific to be acknowledged as filmmakers by the film world’s most prestigious honor.  But perhaps more than that, I believe that the nomination has provided hope, inspiration and affirmation for the thousands of families out there who are suffering because of the natural gas drilling.  The Oscars are about dreams, and I know that for all of us living with the nightmare of gas drilling the nomination provides further proof that someone out there cares. 

Now Big Gas wants to take that away, as they have shattered the American dream for so many.

GASLAND exposes the disaster being caused across the U.S. by the largest domestic natural gas drilling campaign history and how the contentious Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking threatens the water supply of millions. 

Fracking is a whole-scale industrialization process that pumps millions of gallons of toxic material directly into the ground. Thousands of documented contamination cases show the harmful chemicals used have been turning up in people's water supplies in fracking areas all over the map.

We stand behind the testimonials, facts, science and investigative journalism in the film 100 percent.  We have issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the group’s claims (“Affirming Gasland”), posted on our website.

It’s not just us they’re after.  The gas industry goes after anyone who tries to punch a hole in their lie. Last week the same pro-drilling group, Energy in Depth (EID), attacked an investigative piece on drilling pollution by ProPublica, the highly credible public interest journalism organization.

And just last week, T. Boone Pickens, the most visible promoter of gas fracking, went on The Daily Show claiming that he personally has fracked over 3,000 wells and never witnessed any contamination cases, even when Jon Stewart asked him about GASLAND point blank.  He simply stated over and over again the industry lie, that fracking is safe.  Not a single word of acknowledgement, or responsibility for the claims of thousands and the threat posed to millions.

The gas industry believes it can create a new reality in which their nationwide onshore drilling campaign isn’t a disaster.  But no amount of PR money or slick ads can keep the stories of contamination coming from thousands of Americans from being any less true.

On Monday, Congressional investigators called out frackers for pumping millions of gallons of diesel fuel directly into the ground, exposing drinking water sources to benzene and other carcinogens. This makes EID’s specious and misleading attack on the science and data in GASLAND  especially ironic since Halliburton stonewalled Congressman Henry Waxman’s investigation into fracking, refusing to provide data on their use of diesel and other harmful chemicals injected in the fracking process.

There are major watershed areas providing water to millions of Americans that are at risk here, including the watershed areas for New York City and Philadelphia. The catastrophe has been widely covered not only in GASLAND, but also by hundreds of news stories, films and TV segments. This is a moment of crisis that cannot be understated.

Even before its release, the power of the film was not lost on the industry. In the March 24th edition of the Oil and Gas Journal, Skip Horvath, the president of the Natural Gas Supply Association said that GASLAND is “well done. It holds people’s attention. And it could block our industry.”

GASLAND was seen by millions and I personally toured with the film to over 100 cities. In affected areas, people came to the screenings with their contaminated water samples in tow. They came to have the truth they know shared and confirmed.

As Maurice D. Hinchey, U.S. Representative (NY-22) recently said, “Thanks to GASLAND and the millions of grassroots activists across the country, we finally have a counterweight to the influence of the oil and gas industry in our nation's capital."

Big Gas is blocking the truth in their pursuit of hundreds of billions of dollars of profit. Their clear goal is to ensure our nation remains addicted to fossil fuels for the rest of this century. They seek to stifle the development of truly renewable energy.

They’re playing dirty in more ways than one, attacking the film and the testimonials and science in it instead of taking responsibility and addressing the contamination, destruction and harm that they are creating. I now know how the people in my documentary feel, to have the things they know to be true and the questions they are raising so blatantly discounted and smeared. It is truly unfortunate that the gas-drilling industry continues to deny what is so obvious to Americans living in gaslands across the nation.

Josh Fox
Director, GASLAND

Media Contact: Josh Baran – jcbaran@gmail.com – 917-797-1799

Josh Fox is based in New York City and will be in Washington, D.C. on February 17.  He is available for interviews.  DVD screeners for the media are available.
 

 
 


OSCAR Nomination
- Best Documentary Feature -

GASLAND - The Movie
Affirming Gasland
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