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GasLand (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 January 2011 (UK)
An exploration of the fracking petroleum extraction industry and the serious environmental consequences involved.

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Josh Fox

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Josh Fox
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Fox ... Self
Dick Cheney ... Self (archive footage)
Pete Seeger ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Aubrey K. McClendon Aubrey K. McClendon ... Self
Pat Fernelli Pat Fernelli ... Self - Resident
Ron Carter Ron Carter ... Self - Resident
Jean Carter Jean Carter ... Self - Resident
Norma Fiorentino Norma Fiorentino ... Self - Resident
Debbie May Debbie May ... Self - Resident
Mike Markham Mike Markham ... Self
Marsha Mendenhall Marsha Mendenhall ... Self
Dave Neslin Dave Neslin ... Self
Jesse Ellsworth Jesse Ellsworth ... Self
Amee Ellsworth Amee Ellsworth ... Self
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It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Can you light your water on fire? See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

GasLand - Voyage au pays du gaz de schiste See more »

Filming Locations:

Milanville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,641, 19 September 2010

Gross USA:

$30,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,428
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Rebuttals and rebuttals to the rebuttals, It kind of just comes down to who seems like a more trustworthy source of information.
17 February 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'GASLAND': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

One of the five films nominated for best documentary at the upcoming Academy Awards, this film focuses on homes effected by natural gas drilling around the United States. After director Josh Fox received a letter from a major energy company offering a large amount of money ($100,000) to lease his land, in order to drill for gas on it, Fox decided to investigate the matter and began filming a documentary about it. He serves as director, writer, narrator and cinematographer on the film. It's only his second movie (following another documentary from 2008 titled 'MEMORIAL DAY') and it's garnered outstanding critical appraise and awards kudos.

The film focuses on a hydraulic drilling method recently developed to dig up gas from the ground called "fracking". The film primarily focuses on how this process effects the water around it and people, land and animals exposed to it. Fox travels around the country to places like Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Texas. He meets people at their homes and interviews them on how their lives have been effected by the drilling. Many have health problems, their animals are sick and in one of the most notorious scenes from the movie a man is able to light his water on fire directly from the faucet using a cigarette lighter.

The film is shocking and disturbing but it also contains some beautiful cinematography of nature at it's best in contrast. I've read several rebuttals to claims the film makes but I've also read rebuttals to those rebuttals and it kind of just comes down to who seems like a more trustworthy source of information: big business looking only out for their own best interests or common home owners and other citizens looking out for the environment and people's safety. The film is for the most part very informative and interesting. It gets a little slow paced at times and the way the information is delivered isn't usually in the most entertaining or engaging way possible but it is educational none the less. Fox is an admirable filmmaker and has some charisma but he's got a lot to learn about making an entertaining and engrossing film. Even so the movie gets it's message across and it's an important one.

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