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Fearrington Barn hosts screening of controversial Gasland movie

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - A Fracking Awareness event will take place at the Fearrington Barn on Tuesday, July 19 from 7 pm to 9 pm. The event will include a showing of the controversial movie "Gasland."

"Gasland" has won critical acclaim - including a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival - but the industry has challenged its veracity. A 4,000-word rebuttal by a coalition of gas and oil producers asserts that Fox botched the facts, misstating the drilling process and the regulations that govern it, and spotlighting citizens whose claims have already been investigated and debunked.

"The object of the film is to shock, and not to enlighten," said Chris Tucker, spokesman for the Energy in Depth coalition. "If that's the kind of project you're trying to do, you're not going to let a few silly facts get in the way."

Fox insists that "Gasland" is accurate, rejecting the Energy in Depth analysis as a "ridiculous mischaracterization" of the film.

"The industry smears anybody who comes out and says what's actually happening. That's the kind of tactic they're well-known for," he said.

Because of R.B.Fitch’s generous gift of the Barn for the evening, there will be no charge for the event. A free will contribution to offset materials costs and fund future events is appreciated, but not expected. Doors open at 6:3 pm 0 with seating on afirst come – first serve basis.

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