Normal is the location chosen for the national public premiere of a documentary by an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. Josh Fox's Gasland was up for an Oscar two years ago and the sequel, Gasland 2 will be shown for the first time outside of a film festival at the Normal Theater May 20th. The film's premier sponsor is the faith-based group Illinois People's Action. IPA's Dawn Dannenbring says Gasland 2 continues the message that hydraulic fracturing or fracking spells doom for the environment.
"He talks about the extreme circumstances facing the people who are affected by fracking and some of the things that weren't covered in the first film like earthquakes and other issues that show us that we can just no longer ignore the downside of fracking."
Fox's first Gasland film documented his exploration of the fracking process by questioning gas industry executives, scientists and politicians. Gasland 2 had its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City last month. Dannenbring says Fox wanted the film launched nationally at a place where the fracking debate was in high gear. Illinois state lawmakers are considering a bill that would set up regulations for the controversial oil and gas drilling process.
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