GasLand (2010)




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Can you imagine being able to light your tap water on fire? This is just one of the many shocking results due to the natural gas drilling boom which has swept the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. Josh Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world recognized scientists, and some of the most incredibly inspiring and heart-wrenching stories of ordinary Americans fighting against fossil fuel giants for environmental justice.
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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (4)

While the hushed tones of Fox's would-be naïf commentary slightly grate after a while, his film's images, contrasting natural beauty with industrial horror show, are bracingly effective indeed.

Full Review… | January 11, 2011
Time Out
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An exhaustive and eye-opening look at natural-gas drilling and its potential dangers.

October 28, 2010
Dallas Morning News
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With its jolting images of flammable tap water and chemically burned pets, New York theater-director-turned-documentarian Josh Fox's Sundance-feted shocker makes an irrefutable case against U.S. corporate "fracking."

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
Village Voice
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It's not pretty, but it works for some. Gasland won a special jury prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Globe and Mail
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A must-see documentary

Full Review… | May 1, 2013

Gasland will no doubt spark the political debate it intends.

Full Review… | January 20, 2011
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We are all seriously fucked. That is all I have to say about this film that will should have bested all others at the 2011 Oscars for Best Documentary. Horrifyingly amazing.

Matthew Roe
Matthew Roe

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Scary and shocking, Gasland opened my eyes to the practise of Hydrolic Fracturing or "Fracking" and it's effects on the groundwater and on the people who are affected. The statistics and the footage of interviews and conferences, are just so upsetting to see. How can people be treated this way?? Gasland is a documentary you do not want to miss.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

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if the ideas presented in fox's film are true, this is more of a horror film than a documentary. The only people strongly challenging the film's assertions are the gas companies themselves, and from what ive read even they are not thoroughly dealing with all of the issues raised in the film, such as why people's water supplies became contaminated in conjunction with the arrival of drilling, and why they are supplying new water to families who have threatened law suits. this film scared the crap out of me. this is an issue i will continue to pay close attention to.

danny d
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