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Filmmaker Josh Fox to Bring 'Gasland' to Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The documentary “Gasland” took a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and has taken the country by storm during an HBO run and limited release in theaters from coast to coast.

Now it’s coming to Ithaca College, along with filmmaker Josh Fox and two people featured in “Gasland,” which examines the impact on communities of a gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing — or fracking. The presentation and screening will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public. Fox will introduce the film, after which he will join with Craig and Julie Sautner in a Q&A session with the audience.

Fox is the founder and artistic director of International WOW Company, an innovative global theater organization. After a gas drilling company approached him to lease his Pennsylvania land on the banks of the Delaware River, he decided to learn more about the new process being used to extract shale gas, which involves injecting millions of gallons of fresh water mixed with sand and toxic chemicals into the earth to break apart gas-bearing rock.

Fox subsequently embarked on a cross-country trip to visit people living with the effects of fracking. In the documentary — part travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part showdown — Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world-recognized scientists and many ordinary Americans fighting against fossil-fuel giants to protect their water, environment, homes and communities.

Among those ordinary Americans are Craig and Julie Sautner, who live in rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Just one month after Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation began hydraulic fracturing gas drilling in their area, the Sautners lost their clean water source as their well became contaminated with what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found were high concentrations of iron, magnesium, sodium chloride and highly saturated methane gas.

“Gasland” has won numerous awards, and Fox was honored in Iceland with the John Lennon/Yoko Ono Grant for Peace on Oct. 9, the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth.

The presentation and screening are sponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media with support from the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and Department of Theatre Arts.

Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Park Center for Independent Media was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems. For more information, visit /indy or contact Brandy Hawley at 607-274-3590 or bhawley@ithaca.edu.
 



2 Comments

I am an Ithaca College graduate and have moved to Arkansas for my husbands retirement. We ended up in a gasland and we have water that has been sullied by fracking and drilling. The Sautner's story is real and Gasland is truly happening all over the country. Natural gas is not a bridge fuel as some may think, because the process of extracting it spues toxic emmissions beyond belief, doubling Ft Worths emissions, and contaminating aquifers FOREVER. The toxic chemicals are not disclosed, but scientists like Theo Colborn have uncovered over 900 chemicals and they are extremely damaging to human health. We need everyone to see this film and take action to protect our nation. I especially am saddened to hear that Ithaca is in the shadow of a gasfield and I would hope so much of the beautiful landscape there could be preserved.

It's insane that CUOMO will allow such devastation to come to New York State. He's drunk with the promise of temporary jobs.
Ask how will this affect Public Health to drill? to process waste fluid (it's NOT "water")
Ask how many JOB YEARS will be created?
Ask why would you want to put at risk our Agriculture--NY Cab Frack anyone? and our tourism industries?