Hollywood, CA— FrackNation, the controversial film that will tell the truth about fracking, has secured a television deal and will premiere January 22, 2013 on AXS TV.
“We’re excited to get the truth to the public,” said Phelim McAleer, co-director and presenter of the documentary. “And we’re doubly excited to be working with AXS TV. FrackNation will broadcast to homes across America. That’s exactly what the fracking debate needs.”
Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry magazine, reported on the deal this morning.
FrackNation features investigative journalist Phelim McAleer on a journey that takes him across America to find the truth about fracking. As he asked environmentalists difficult questions about their often emotional campaigns against fracking, McAleer was met with bogus lawsuits, slammed doors and gun threats.
"FrackNation has been described as the first 'pro-fracking film.' I would describe it as pro-journalism and pro-truth," said McAleer. "It asks hard questions of the environmental movement and its campaigns. And they seem to not like difficult questions.”
The film is co-directed by a tightly knit team of three directors: Phelim McAleer, his wife Ann McElhinney and their colleague Magdalena Segieda.
“There has been a lot of talk about fracking in the media—from documentaries to Oscar-contending films such as Promised Land starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski—but what’s lacking is honesty and perspective,” said McElhinney.
“We talked to people across the country in areas where fracking is happening in their backyard. They all told us the same thing: Fracking is safe and it’s saving our community, but the media is ignoring us. We were willing to listen,” she added.
FrackNation was funded through the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. The filmmakers raised $212,265 from 3,305 backers on Kickstarter on April 6, 2012. It was one of the most successful documentary campaigns in the history of Kickstarter.
"This is a documentary funded by the people for the people," said McAleer
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Phelim McAleer - An investigative journalist and filmmaker, Phelim McAleer has covered the Northern Irelnd troubles, worked for the UK Sunday Times and was a foreign correspondent for Financial Times and The Economist covering post-communist Eastern Europe. He has worked on documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland).
Ann McElhinney - An investigative journalist and filmmaker, Ann McElhinney has worked in countries as diverse as Ireland, the US, Romania, Madagascar and Chile. Posing as a prospective adoptive parent McElhinney infiltrated a baby-selling ring in Indonesia. As a result of McElhinney's investigations two members of the cartel are now serving lengthy jail sentences.
Magdalena Segieda - With background in Political Science and Media Production, Magdalena Segieda started her career working on a documentary for Polish state television (TVP), shot in Dublin. In 2009, she began working with McAleer and McElhinney on their feature documentary Not Evil Just Wrong and in 2012 she co-directed FrackNation.