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Contributed by Maura Stephens on 11/09/2011
Filmmakers Jeff and Jodi Andrysick will screen their new film All Fracked Up II: Water Isn't Water Anymore, Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.
The screening, which is hosted by Ithaca College student organization Frack Off, will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
The Andrysicks have built several energy-efficient, off-grid homes and buildings, including those on their own farmstead on beautiful Keuka Lake. They never intended to become filmmakers, but when industry threatened to turn their beloved lake and region, with its vineyards, tourism, and farming, into an industrial wasteland, they decided to devote their resources to fighting the threat, and filmmaking seemed to be a good way to do this.
With 550 fellow citizens, the Andrysicks kept Keuka Lake and their town of Pulteney from becoming a billion-gallon toxic-frack-fluid dumpsite. This past June they hosted the “EPIC No Frack Event” at Ithaca College, which drew some 2,000 people to enjoy a day of speakers, music, art, and films.
The couple ’s first film, All Fracked Up, exposed the dark side of hydrofracking. In this follow-up film, All Fracked Up II: Water Isn't Water Anymore, the couple from Pulteney, NY (Keuka Lake) further explores the collateral damages of the process, and also shows how communities can keep hydrofracking from destroying what make them great places to live.
All Fracked Up II reveals how the frack-gas industry has successfully avoided reasonable regulation, stifled public disclosure of its environmental and economic treachery, and turned government regulators into puppets while trampling existing environmental rules and the rights of people and nature. Simultaneously the deceptive gas industry is blitzing the airways with propaganda claiming that fracked gas is clean, green, safe, responsible, and even patriotic.
The movie contains powerful interviews with Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., one of developers of fracking technology, and environmental biologist Robert Howarth, Ph.D., whose study proves that fracked gas is dirtier even than oil and coal in the atmosphere. Also featured are Ithaca College scholar in residence Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., who eloquently speaks of the removal of billions of gallons of fresh water from the water cycle, and many others.
The filmmakers also expose the sham of “economic prosperity” claimed by the industry and visit many people living with the ill effects of fracking.
Frack Off is inviting guests to make donations to help keep the Andrysicks plowing forward on the multi-vendor farm-and-craft market they’ve put on hold for the last two years while making their films. Contributions can be made via PayPal at www.AllFrackedUp.com or with a cash or check at the screening.
This event is cosponsored by the Park School of Communications Dean's Office, the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, and the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Frack Off meets Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in Friends 202. New members are invited and welcome.
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