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‘Gasland’ director to speak at Hendrix College

Posted: February 23, 2011 - 6:52pm

 

Josh Fox, director of “GASLAND,” the Oscar-nominated HBO documentary about natural gas drilling, will lead a panel discussion about the environmental effects on natural gas drilling in Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Staples Auditorium at Hendrix College.

His appearance will be two days after the Academy Awards on Sunday night. His film is nominated in the documentary category.

Also expected to participate in the discussion is Mayor Calvin Tillman of Dish, Texas, who is featured in the film.

Mayor Tillman also will speak about environmental effects on his city at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Mills Auditorium, and the documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in Worsham Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center at Hendrix.

Fox will also be available for interviews.  

In talking about his film, Fox has said:

“The story of ‘GASLAND’ is that of one guy traveling around the country talking to people about the largest natural gas drilling campaign in history, which is now occupying 34 states and which is very underreported.

“I set out to make a film on a very personal level, telling my own story, because I thought that was the only way of really conveying this historic environmental crisis.

“History is often best told from the ground, out of a car window or in someone’s kitchen, not through some huge production mechanism or grand framing device.

“So this level of accessibility is what drew me to the medium, that I could be a one-person crew and make a film that could really get out there was very, very exciting.

“I have made all of my films and plays with my company International WOW Company in a very home-grown kind of way and that was the way I wanted to make ‘GASLAND’.”

Fox has been honored with numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival Award and the Yoko Ono/John Lennon Peace Prize.

For more information about Fox’s Hendrix visit, call Matthew Moran, at Hendrix, 501-450-3814 Moran@hendrix.edu

(Becky Harris can be reached at 505-1234 or becky.harris@thecabin.net)

 

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