DENVER — The fracking movie wars intensified Tuesday with the national debut of the pro-development documentary ‘Frack Nation’ at screening events nationwide and on the cable channel AXS TV.
Director Ann McIlhenny, who raised the film’s $221,000 budget on social media from more than 3,300 donors, introduced the documentary at a Denver premiere sponsored by the Western Energy Alliance.
“A lot of people watched ‘Gasland’ and took it as the truth,” said Ms. McIlhenny, who made the movie with her husband, journalist Phelim McAleer. “People need to tell the truth, but right now all we have is lies. We must use rigorous science when examining fracking.”
“Frack Nation” takes on the arguments against hydraulic fracturing made in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland” by filmmaker Josh Fox. A sequel to “Gasland” is expected to be released in 2013. Meanwhile, ‘Promised Land,’ a Hollywood anti-fracking movie starring Matt Damon, debuted in limited release Dec. 28 and wide release Jan. 4.
Despite its star power, ‘Promised Land’ had earned just $7.5 million in its domestic release as of Jan. 21, according to Box Office Mojo.
“I think Matt Damon said he wanted to start a conversation, but if you’re going to start a conversation, then why portray the oil and gas industry as evil?” said Ms. McIlhenny.