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Wednesday
Jun252014

FrackNation now available through Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures 

Mark Cuban's Magnolia Pictures have released FrackNation, the controversial "pro-fracking" documentary on VOD, DVD and streaming.
 
FrackNation, which was praised by The New York Times as "meticulously researched and provocative", debunks many of the claims made by anti-fracking activists. 
 
Activists have claimed that fracking - a method of bringing oil and gas out of deeply buried rocks - damages the environment and has a number of dangerous and dramatic side effects.

As McAleer probes these claims and the motivations behind them - he becomes the victim of gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits.

FrackNation will be available for transactional VOD (Rental and Electronic Sell Through) on all Digital VOD services (iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Amazon, Vudu, Nook, etc.). It will be also available on Cable VOD (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter and Verizon).
 
The DVD and Blu-Ray are going to be available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Hastings, Bookstores/Libraries, Transworld (FYI & Suncoast), Family Video, Netflix (physical disc at release date 6/24 on Netflix by mail, and Netflix subscription/streaming at a later date). It will also be available at hundreds of small chains and mom & pop stores across the country. 
 
FrackNation, which was funded through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, was produced and directed by McAleer, his wife Ann McElhinney and their colleague Magdalena Segieda.

McAleer, an Irish film maker now based in Los Angeles, said he is delighted that with this release most Americans will now 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 no scientific evidence to support the most dramatic claims of anti-fracking campaigners.

Where to find FrackNation:
iTunes: http://bit.ly/iTunesFN
Vudu: http://bit.ly/VuduFN
Nook: http://bit.ly/NookVideoFN
Xbox: http://bit.ly/XboxFN
Amazon: http://bit.ly/AmazonFN
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/BarnesNobleFN
Netflix DVD: http://bit.ly/NetflixDVDFN
Best Buy: http://bit.ly/BestBuyFN
Walmart: http://bit.ly/WalmartFN
Family Video: http://bit.ly/FamilyVideoFN
Hastings: http://bit.ly/HastingsFN
FYE: http://bit.ly/fyeFrackNation

About the filmmakers:

Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney are a married film making team. They work with Magdalena Segieda  and are based in Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist most recently producing and directing FrackNation. She has produced documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). She has written for a series of newspapers including The UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. Ann has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in many countries including Indonesia, Romania, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Madagascar and Uzbekistan. She has appeared on or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including ABC, BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland) and Fox News. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including Hugh Hewitt and the Dennis Miller. A well known public speaker she has spoken most recently at conferences in Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Santa Barbara and Salt Lake City.

Magdalena Segieda was born in 1982 in Szczecin, Poland. She studied political science and international relations. In 2007, she worked on a documentary for Polish state television (TVP), shot in Dublin. Right after, she met two Irish filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. McElhinney and McAleer had just returned to Ireland to start pre-production for a feature documentary, Not Evil Just Wrong. Ms Segieda was involved in all aspects of the production of the film. Ms Segieda moved with the filmmakers to Washington, DC and worked on the independent distribution of the film. After the team relocated to Los Angeles, she worked on “Hypocrites,” a series of short films, released online, taking a critical look at celebrities who run anti-development environmental campaigns. Most recently, she co-directed the feature length documentary FrackNation - A journalist's search for the fracking truth.

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.