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FSU Presents Double Feature of the Films “GasLand” and “Shale Gas and America’s Future” Preceded by Live Music by Soulmobile
02/16/2011

Frostburg State University will present screenings of the films “GasLand” and “Shale Gas and America’s Future,” both documentaries on natural gas drilling, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., preceded by the live music of Soulmobile at 7 p.m. in the Atkinson Room (232) of the Lane University Center.

Presenters will provide attendees with the opportunity to share their ideas and opinions of the films’ content through written questionnaires and by engaging in the online Practicing Democracy Facebook discussion.

“GasLand” is filmmaker Josh Fox’s look at the largest domestic natural gas drilling campaign in history. Fox set off his investigative journey after receiving an unexpected offer of $100,000 to drill on his land in Pennsylvania. Winner of numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and currently nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category, “GasLand” features interviews with ordinary citizens, scientists and government officials.

“Shale Gas and America’s Future” provides a look at how communities in Pennsylvania are balancing the trade-offs of gas drilling for themselves and the nation. This film, produced by the American Clean Skies Foundation (an industry-based foundation), explores the issue from all sides and includes footage of the hydro fracturing process, community meetings and interviews with Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator.

Soulmobile, which plays folk, bluegrass, world and reggae music, will perform a short set before the screening of the film.

This event is supported by FSU’s sustainability initiative, Learning Green, Living Green, and the Maryland Humanities Council. For more information, contact the Maryland Humanities Council at 410-685-0095 or www.mdhc.org, or Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at 301-687-3124 at FSU.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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