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Money being raised for new pro-fracking film

By Bob Downing Published: February 19, 2012

More than $83,821 from 1,174 backers has been pledged for a new pro-fracking film by filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer.

Organizers are trying to raise $150,000 by April 6 to make FrackNation, a film that is being produced to counter the new Gasland sequel  film.

The filmmakers intend to investigate the misleading claims about hydraulic fracturing or fracking and to highlight the benefits the process can bring to the poorest communities.

The fund raising began Feb. 6 on kickstarter.com, the crowd-funding website.

FrackNation will look at the fracking process, the husband-wife team said in a statement.

The goal of the feature-length movie is "demolishing much of the scaremongering surrounding the process and featuring the millions whose lives have been positively transformed by the emerging industry," they said.

FrackNation" investigates the health claims surrounding the process and reveals the startling lack of scientific evidence to substantiate them," the filmmakers said in their statement.

The new movie "will appeal to the workers and small farmers who know the truth, but never see it represented in modern documentaries," said McAleer, who is known for his filmed 2009 confrontation on global warming with former vice president Al Gore.

The new film will challenge the environmental establishment, he said.

FrackNation comes on the heels of filmmaker Josh Fox who produced Gasland, an Oscar-nominated film that raised concerns about fracking. He is now working on a sequel that has gotten $750,000 from HBO.

McElhinney said Fox's film will appeal to the environmental elite while their film will appeal to the 99 percent.

The pair have already filmed in Pennsylvania, New York, California, Poland and the United Kingdom.

 

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