by Amy Kolsky
Will the growth in natural gas drilling around the Delaware River contaminate the Philadelphia region water supply? Filmmaker and activist Josh Fox will visit Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) on April 29 to discuss hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” following a free screening of his Sundance Award-winning and Academy Award -nominated documentary, GASLAND.
The screening of GASLAND (107 minutes) will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by Fox’s presentation and a question and answer session. Both the film and talk will take place in College Hall Room 144 at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike Blue Bell. The event is free of charge and is open to the community. For more information, call 215-641-6581.
In GASLAND, Fox embarks on a cross-country journey, including Pennsylvania, to meet individuals who have fallen victim to contaminated water due to natural gas drilling around their property. Variety magazine calls GASLAND “one of the most effective and expressive environmental films of recent years.”
In addition to an Oscar nomination and several film festival accolades, GASLAND premiered on HBO in June 2010 and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming. The sequel, GASLAND 2, is due out this year.
The screening and presentation are part of MCCC’s week-long celebration of Earth Day 2013, which is April 22. MCCC’s student Environmental Club is sponsoring the event.