Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner. Nominated for an Academy Award as one of five chosen candidates for 2011 Best Documentary Feature.
Move over crude oil. Natural gas is the new player in the energy game and an unprecedented drilling boom is sweeping America. The Halliburton-developed technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” across the United States. So when filmmaker Josh Fox is approached to lease his Pennsylvania farmland for drilling, he almost takes the money. But after asking a few questions, he unwittingly stumbles into an environmental disaster. Residents from north to south report contaminated wells, mysterious ailments, and even combustible water straight from the tap. Fox blends terrifying facts of corporate cover-ups and governmental atrophy with a personal and refreshingly absurd take on the whole rotten mess. Gasland is an astonishing exposé of America’s new energy race.
Docurama is a documentary series co-sponsored by the McLaughlin Library and your Central Student Association. Most titles screened are from the McLaughlin Library Media Collection.
Wednesday, March 2