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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