A “pro-fracking” documentary is to have a public screening in Denton in the run up to the controversial attempt to ban fracking in the the town.
FrackNation is the result of a two year investigation into the issue by veteran journalist Phelim McAleer who faced lawsuits, bogus 911 calls and gun threats as he looked for evidence of many of the claims made by anti-fracking campaigners.
The screening will take place at 5pm on Oct. 28th at the University of North Texas in Denton and McAleer is coming to the town to answer questions about his film after the screening.
“It's the first time I will be in Denton and I'm really looking forward to it,” said McAleer. "I'm particularly glad to be speaking at UNT, as this seems to be the center of the anti-fracking movement in the area."
The normally anti-fracking New York Times described FrackNation as “meticulously researched.. and provocative”. FrackNation looks at claims made by Calvin Tillman, the former Mayor of Dish, TX, who maintains that fracking harmed his children and other residents in the town.
The documentary revealed that Tillman's “scientific results” were actually compiled by Alisa Rich, a fraudster who falsely claimed to have a PhD and to be an engineer. A court also found that she had compiled a fraudulent video to push an anti-fracking lawsuit to force a company to settle a bogus claim.
“I am so looking forward to coming to Denton, especially at this crucial time when people need clear, reliable journalism to help them make up their mind about this important issue,” said McAleer who has worked as a crime reporter and investigative journalist in several countries including Ireland, Romania, Vietnam, Madagascar and Indonesia.
“At the moment muchof what is being circulated about fracking is being promoted by ideologues who have no reservations about pushing inaccurate or just plain fraudulent information. It's time for the truth about fracking to get an airing in Denton.”
"The screening is open to the public and I want to hear peoples questions and I want to answer them all with the truth – not exaggerations,” he added.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00pm - 7:00 pm
1307 West Highland Street
Phelim McAleer is a filmmaker and investigative journalist. He most recently produced and directed FrackNation - a documentary to uncover the truth about Fracking. He has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. Before becoming a filmmaker, Phelim was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in Eastern Europe. He also covered Romania and Bulgaria for The Economist. Before that he covered Ireland for the UK Sunday Times. He has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Canada and China. McAleer has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including Fox News, CNN and the BBC. He has been interviewed on over 100 US and international radio shows.
FrackNation was acquired by and premiered on AXS TV, owned by a maverick billionaire Mark Cuban. It was subsequently picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures and is now available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD. The movie 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.