FRACKNATION SCREENINGS IN UK PARLIAMENT, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND POLAND.
FrackNation, the "pro-fracking" documentary, is going on its first European tour with screenings in prestigious locations in three European capitals.
The documentary will be screened at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday Feb 10th, at the UK Parliament in London on Feb 11th and "Muranów" Cinema in Warsaw, Poland on Feb 13th.
FrackNation director Phelim McAleer will be present and will take questions after each screening.
FrackNation, which was praised by The New York Times as "meticulously researched and provocative", debunked many of the claims made by anti-fracking activists. Through interviews with scientists and asking campaigners difficult questions FrackNation showed that fracking did not make water go on fire, did not cause dangerous earthquakes and has never contaminated water.
As McAleer probes these claims and the motivations behind them - he becomes the victim of gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits.
McAleer, an Irish film maker now based in Los Angeles, said he is delighted that Europeans will have a chance to hear the truth about fracking - without scaremongering or exaggeration.
"FrackNation has adopted a journalistic approach to the fracking controversy. We listen to people's stories and allegations but then, like all journalists should do, we ask for the independent scientific evidence. "
McAleer said FrackNation's investigations had uncovered almost no scientific evidence to support the most dramatic claims of anti-fracking campaigners.
He said he was pleased to bring FrackNation to Europe just as interest in the issue was increasing.
"It is a big story in the UK - much of it fed by disinformation - and it's a big story in Brussels and Poland."
McAleer said he was particularly pleased to bring FrackNation to Poland which is currently dependent upon Russia for its energy needs.
"I come from Ireland I know what it means to have a large dominant neighbor next door and the problems that can bring. Shale gas offers a huge opportunity for Poland to be truly independent. I want to hear from Polish people how they feel about fracking and bring them the truth so that they make up their mind based on facts, not fiction."
In an indication of how important this issue is in Poland, The Warsaw screening is being promoted by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
FrackNation was co-directed by Magdalena Segieda, a native of Poland, who said she was hoping that her country will benefit from the opportunity that shale gas offers, the same way US has done.
FrackNation was bought and premiered on AXS TV in 2013. AXS TV is owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. FrackNation was financed through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. It raised $212,000 in 60 days and was one of the most successful documentary campaigns ever funded through Kickstarter.
Mon, Feb 10th
ASP Room A1E2
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles
Tue, Feb 11th
Committee Room 5
Palace of Westminster
London SW1A 0AA
Wed, Feb 13th
Start: 5:00pm (registration), 6:00pm (movie)
5 Gen. Władysława Andersa St,
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Los Angeles, CA—A crowdfunding campaign by journalists Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinney to fight UNC censorship went viral this morning, surpassing its fundraising goal in two hours.
“It's so humbling and amazing,“ said Ann McElhinney, director of FrackNation. "It's great to see that the American public appreciates diversity of opinion even if universities don't."
Pavlich and McElhinney, who were invited to speak at UNC by the College Republicans, turned to Indiegogo after the club's funds were blocked.
The UNC Student Congress slashed the College Republicans' budget, claiming Pavlich and McElhinney were "non-intellectual" and had "no value" for the campus.
"I am always amazed by the generosity of the American people," said Katie Pavlich, New York Times best selling author. "Today they sent a clear message not just to UNC, but to the entire university system: censorship and discrimination are unacceptable."
Pavlich and McElhinney will present joint talks this fall that celebrate intellectual diversity and freedom of speech.
The crowdfunding campaign runs for 10 more days.
Katie Pavlich is the news editor for Townhall.com and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She is the award winning author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. As a Fox News contributor, Katie has filled in as a guest co-host on the widely popular show The Five. Katie is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism and is a former National Review Washington Fellow. She is a regular speaker on college campuses across the country.
Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist who has written for a series of newspapers including the UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. She infiltrated a baby buying ring in Indonesia. As a result, two people are serving lengthy prison sentences for their parts in an illegal adoption. Ann produced and directed three feature-length documentaries with her husband, Phelim McAleer: FrackNation (2012), Not Evil Just Wrong (2009), and Mine Your Own Business (2006). Ann is an accomplished speaker who has given talks on college campuses all over the US.