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Sunday
Feb092014

FrackNation goes to Europe 

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.

FrackNation schedule:

Mon, Feb 10th
Start: 6:00pm
ASP Room A1E2
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles
Belgium

Tue, Feb 11th
Start: 1:30pm
Committee Room 5
Palace of Westminster
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom

Wed, Feb 13th
Start: 5:00pm (registration), 6:00pm (movie)
Cinema "Muranów"
5 Gen. Władysława Andersa St,
Warsaw, Poland

Thursday
Jan232014

FrackNation - FILM FESTIVAL QUASHES DISSENT BY BANNING CONTROVERSIAL FILM 

"Festival is now soulless", say filmmakers.

The directors of FrackNation, a "pro-fracking" documentary have slammed the organizers of the Frozen River Film Festival in Minnesota after they cancelled a screening of the film following pressure from environmentalists.

FrackNation had been accepted by the Frozen River Film Festival for a screening on Sunday but organizers announced at the weekend that they were canceling the screening - the first such cancellation in the festival's nine year history.

FrackNation Director Phelim McAleer said the cancellation was censorship and an attack on diversity.

"The film festival organizers seem to hate alternative points of view, they seem to want to quash diversity. They seem to be scared of the truth," he said.

The festival organizers gave a number of contradictory reasons for the cancellation. They told local newspaper Winona Daily News that they had done so after pressure from their partner film festival Mountain Film in Telluride and the Sundance Film Festival.

The organizers also said they were promised a representative of the film would be present for a Q&A.

However FrackNation Co-Director's Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney and Magdalena Segieda said no such arrangement had been agreed and that emails with the organizers would show this to be inaccurate.

"Basically the Frozen River Film Festival organizers have given in to bullying and taken the easy way out and censored a film that might offend environmental elites who think they know best. These people are cultural censors and don't want the truth about fracking to be shown to audiences," said McAleer.

Speaking to the Winona Daily News festival Board Chairman Mike Kennedy said the film festival had "searched their soul" and decided to cancel the film.

McAleer said this was evidence that the Frozen River Film Festival is a "soulless" film festival where no dissent or diversity is allowed".

FrackNation goes behind the extreme allegations of anti-fracking activists and tries to find the scientific basis for their claims. The documentary reveals that there is almost no scientific basis behind the claims of contamination and asks why so many people are pursuing multimillion dollar lawsuits against companies.

The New York Times described FrackNation as "methodically researched and provocative" and Variety magazine, the show business bible, describes the film as a "briskly paced mischievous pic".

McAleer, an Irish journalist, is threatened and becomes the victim of bogus 911 calls because he asks the difficult questions of anti-fracking activists. FrackNation was funded through a hugely successful online crowdfunding campaign. Using Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, FrackNation raised $212,000 from over 3300 people. It was one of the most successful Kickstarter documentary campaigns ever.

Saturday
Sep072013

FrackNation - Crowdfunding to Fight Censorship at UNC Goes Viral, Reaches Goal in 2 Hours

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.

 

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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.
Friday
Sep062013

FrackNation - Fighting Censorship at UNC Chapel Hill with Crowdfunding

Los Angeles, CA—Journalists Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinney are turning to crowdfunding site Indiegogo after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Student Congress slashed funds to bring the duo to campus as speakers.

Pavlich and McElhinney were invited to speak by the UNC College Republicans. 

“What we set out to do is promote intellectual diversity,” said Peter McClelland, president of the College Republicans. “We are one of the few groups that promotes [conservative] opinion, and getting every side is what liberal arts is about."

The Congress claims the speakers are "non-intellectual" and have "no value." But their real reason for blocking the speakers is clear.

"It's censorship," said Ann McElhinney, director of three feature-length documentaries, including FrackNation. "They can't stand the thought of conservative opinions on campus. So they're shutting us out. It's reprehensible."

McElhinney and Pavlich are asking the public to send a clear message to UNC Student Congress: Censorship is unacceptable. They're raising funds through Indiegogo to cover the costs of the trip to Chapel Hill.

"We will not stand for UNC's attempts to marginalize those who have a different view of the world than the liberal monopoly of academia," said Katie Pavlich, journalist and New York Times best selling author. "Students deserve a well rounded education, not censorship of speech regarding controversial issues."

The Indiegogo campaign lasts 10 days. McElhinney, who exposed a baby selling ring in Indonesia, and Pavlich, a Fox News contributor, are hoping to bring a day of free speech celebration to the campus.

"'Lux, libertas—light and liberty' are the root principles of UNC," McElhinney said. "The Congress's decision to censor opinions they disagree with casts a dark cloud over their university's foundational ideas."

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Katie Pavlich is the news editorfor 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.
Wednesday
May292013

FrackNation to Battle Gasland 2 Across the Country

Hollywood, CA—A documentary battle is set to erupt this summer as rival fracking documentaries will screen in towns and cities across America on the same nights.

FrackNation, a controversial "pro-fracking" film, will face off against Gasland 2, Josh Fox's sequel to his anti-fracking documentary.

Director of FrackNation, Phelim McAleer, said the decision to counter-screen came after a huge turn out at an impromptu FrackNation screening in Boulder, Colorado.
 
"The support in Boulder on May 22 was overwhelming and amazing," said McAleer. "Concerned groups invited me to screen FrackNation as a counter to a Gasland 2 screening. With only three days notice, they packed the house with 170 enthusiastic residents. Standing room only. People are clamoring for the truth." 

Sparks are sure to fly as the rival documentaries screen close to each other and the filmmakers answer questions about their work.

There are two counter-screenings already scheduled: Santa Barbara, CA on May 31 and Binghamton, NY on June 5. More will be announced soon.

Gasland 2 is a sequel to Josh Fox's original HBO documentary that ignited much of the anti-fracking movement. FrackNation debunks many of the fracking myths in Gasland.
 
"I think FrackNation's journalism stands up against the scare stories of Gasland 2," said McAleer. "Now people across the country will be able to make up their own minds."
 
FrackNation was praised by the New York Times as "meticulously researched" and "provocative."
 
According to Variety—the showbusiness bible—FrackNation "makes a good case against [Gasland]" and "debunks the famous Gasland scene of a fracking 'victim' setting his tap water on fire."
 

FrackNation was funded through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with 3,305 backers donating $212,265. Gasland 2 received corporate funding from HBO, the cable TV channel.