by Josh Fox (Director)

Other authorsPete Seeger (Actor), Richard Nixon (Actor), Dick Cheney (Actor), Josh Fox (Writer), Josh Fox (Actor), Aubrey K. McClendon (Actor)
DVD, 2010

Call number

Documentary, DVD 59



Docurama (2010)


In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his land was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a giant reservoir of natural gas, and that he would be paid to lease his land for natural gas extraction. Fox documented his cross-country trek to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracking is actually safe. What he unearthed was a shocking discovery about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, and raced to find answers about fracking before it was too late.

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LibraryThing member TrueFalseFilm
America is on the verge of energy independence through "natural" gas exploration, thanks to Halliburton and a host of other brave entrepreneurs. So why is Josh Fox not grateful? Fearful that his beloved backyard river is in peril of being polluted, Fox sets out on a fact-finding mission across the country. What he finds is that "fracking," the practice of using a chemical stew to assist in the drilling process, is laying waste to our groundwater and land. The director/crusader on a mission has become a familiar sight in contemporary documentary. But somehow Fox breaks through this cliché with an astonishing mix of shoe-leather journalism and the idiosyncratic experimentalism of his theater background. A modern Paul Revere hell-bent on saving us from ourselves, Fox's achievement promises a hip new era of urgent advocacy films.… (more)
LibraryThing member 2wonderY
Are we stupid!!? Yes, we are.

An eerie film technique, evocative and successful.


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