The documentaryÂ GaslandÂ released in 2010, which portrayed the devastating effects of a method of drilling into shale gas formations called hydraulic fracturing or â€œfrackingâ€, in rural american communities, garnered mostly positive reviews from film critics and newspapers but also negative responses by fracking lobbyists. The latter resulted in the launch of a website calledÂ Energy in DepthÂ and the production of a movie titledÂ TruthLand, by theÂ Independent Petroleum Association of America, concerned with listing false information propagated in Gasland and showing a different view on fracking.
The new filmÂ Promised Land, released in December 2012, directed byÂ Gus van SantÂ (Good Will Hunting, Milk) starringÂ Matt Damon,Â John KrasinskiÂ andÂ Frances McDormand, is the first Hollywood treatment of fracking, much to the displeasure of the oil and gas industry which have yet again launched an almost targeted campaign to discredit the movie even before its release, including buying onscreen ad time in theatres and planning to launch a â€œTruth Squadâ€ initiative on social media platforms.
The film is set to have its international premiere at theÂ 63th Berlin International Film FestivalÂ inFebruary 2013.
For more information on Promised Land and the surrounding discussion:
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– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
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