Many community folks turned out for the viewing of the documentary by Josh Fox titled Gasland, which reports about hydraulic fracturing around the country and it’s devastating effects on the environment. The movie was shockingly well-done, but then the credits did show that it was supported by donations from Robert Redford and Michael Fox, to just name a few celebrities. Also it was awarded the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Award – Special Jury Documentary. Even more surprising is that HBO is broadcasting the movie the entire year of 2011. Surprising, right!?
The film was shocking and extremely disturbing. Several folks who were unable to attend the viewing have requested another viewing. We will try to set a date for January or February.
The Raices Cultural Center did a fantastic job in hosting the event! We all enjoyed the appearance of Spook Handy, who played Gospel songs and demonstrated how these were eventually changed into protest songs. He inspired the entire crowd to begin to voice their own protests. The words, “No more fracking!”, sung to the tune of “Amen!” was quite a hit. Are we on our way to some new hymns?!