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“Gasland” Screening at Rooftop Films Saturday

Updated: Mar 27, 2011 12:34
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Remember in the early 2000’s, when Dick Cheney was facilitating legislation that would allow natural gas companies to bypass environmental regulation, and poison our ground water? NO? Yeah that seemed weird to me too. Until I remembered Cheney was perhaps the most evil, secretive vice president evah. Then I was like, yeah, that makes sense.

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The filmmakers behind the documentary “Gasland,” which aired this summer on HBO, delve into the ramifications of Cheney’s so-called Halliburton loophole – a provision of the 2005 congressional energy bill that stripped the EPA of the ability to regulate a process of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, or “frac’ing”. This drilling process, invented by Halliburton in the 1940s, involves injecting chemicals deep into the ground to explode and release natural gas reserves. You’re probably thinking, well if Halliburton invented this process, it must be safe. I can see your reasoning, but surprisingly, this is not the case.

My friend was an aerial cinematographer on the movie, so admittedly, I am a little biased about its groundbreakingness. But SUNDANCE isn’t biased, and they fucking loved it and gave it the Special Jury Prize. So come check it out at Rooftop Films this Saturday!

Documentarian Josh Fox will be there to talk about the movie and answer questions after the screening, and then at 10pm there is an ambiguous after party that could involve all sorts of craziness, or could just be a bunch of film nerds talking in small groups about post-production. Either way, win.

Rooftop Films Series presents “Gasland”
Solar One, 2420 FDR Drive
Saturday, Sept 11

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Katy B. - Economic Inexpert

Katy B. - Economic Inexpert

Katy B. grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the home of Gerald R. Ford, Andy Richter, and, at one point, the guy who wrote Mr. Holland's Opus. She moved to NYC for her degree in library science, and is now in the Media Studies program at The New School. She hopes to one day be a film studies librarian. Ask her anything about Dewey Decimal – anything! – and she will roll her eyes because academic libraries use Library of Congress. Durrr.