FrackNation seeks to out-message Gasland II tour


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Last week, we told you about the film battle in Boulder, in which FrackNation's Phelim McAleer showed up to screen his film in coordination with a nearby Gasland Part II showing.

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  • Josh Fox engages with the crowd at UCCS last week during a Q&A session.

Today, I received a media release from the FrackNation folks announcing that because of the Boulder screening's success, McAleer has opted to venture to other stops on Gasland's grassroots tour, to continue the debate.

Now, how does McAleer define "a huge turn out" and "overwhelming and amazing" support inside a town of around 100,000 people?

"With only three days notice, they packed the house with 170 enthusiastic residents. Standing room only. People are clamoring for the truth," the release reads.

Never mind my earlier comment that it's a shame the filmmakers aren't actually debating in person or even sharing an audience for back-to-back screenings, but instead splitting audiences into camps who likely already have taken sides in the fracas.

It appears the McAleer camp is just happy to show up as the alternative voice in promotion of their film.

Here's more from the release:

A documentary battle is set to erupt this summer as rival fracking documentaries will screen in towns and cities across America on the same nights.

FrackNation, a controversial "pro-fracking" film, will face off against Gasland 2, Josh Fox's sequel to his anti-fracking documentary.

... Sparks are sure to fly as the rival documentaries screen close to each other and the filmmakers answer questions about their work.

There are two counter-screenings already scheduled: Santa Barbara, CA on May 31 and Binghamton, NY on June 5. More will be announced soon.

Gasland 2 is a sequel to Josh Fox's original HBO documentary that ignited much of the anti-fracking movement. FrackNation debunks many of the fracking myths in Gasland.

"I think FrackNation's journalism stands up against the scare stories of Gasland 2," said McAleer. "Now people across the country will be able to make up their own minds."

FrackNation was praised by the New York Times as "meticulously researched" and "provocative."

According to Variety—the showbusiness bible—FrackNation "makes a good case against [Gasland]" and "debunks the famous Gasland scene of a fracking 'victim' setting his tap water on fire."

FrackNation was funded through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with 3,305 backers donating $212,265. Gasland 2 received corporate funding from HBO, the cable TV channel.


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