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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Gabriel Meyers and Meira Blaustein, press@woodstockfilmfestival.com, (845) 679-4265



WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL presents
A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF THE AWARD WINNING ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY
GASLAND

(Woodstock, NY) June 10, 2010: The Woodstock Film Festival will proudly present GASLAND - winner of the Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
A Q&A with director Josh Fox and Congressman Maurice Hinchey will follow the screening.

GASLAND
will screen July 17, 7:30pm at the Harry Simon Auditorium at Onteora High School, Boiceville NY (see map). Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $5+. Proceeds offset cost of screening, venue, guest appearance and also benefit the Onteora Tech Crew.

An important and timely exposé, GASLAND, reveals the practices of the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Developed by Halliburton, “Hydraulic Fracturing,” or "fracking," has swept across the United States, opening up new territory in 34 states to extensive drilling, including the Marcellus Shale, a vast formation that underlies most of New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the New York watershed and the Catskills/Poconos.

"Right now the Marcellus Shale is under attack by natural gas drillers" commented filmmaker Josh Fox. "Nowhere is it more important for citizens to see GASLAND and get engaged in fighting unregulated hydro-fracking than in the Catskills. Thanks to the Woodstock Film Festival, we are bringing our important message to the folks who need to see it most."

"GASLAND is a very important film about the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing - a method of drilling for natural gas that currently lacks proper oversight," said Congressman Maurice Hinchey. "We've seen what happens when energy companies are granted unfettered access to our precious natural resources without that oversight. In the wake of one of the largest environmental disasters in our nation's history, as millions of gallons of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico, it is abundantly clear that we simply cannot rely on the promises made by those who have everything to gain and nothing to lose from drilling. We cannot allow drilling to move forward without rules in place to protect drinking water and our overall environment."

"As soon as I saw GASLAND at Sundance I knew I wanted to bring it to our audience."said Meira Blaustein, executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "The film documents issues that are important to our area in a way that is easy to understand and with 50,000+ wells proposed for the Watershed, this will allow the community to get some important information about the topic. We're thrilled to be screening the film and bring the filmmaker here for an intimate and open conversation."


More about the Film: When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. This Halliburton-developed drilling technology has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us...but is fracking safe? Can you imagine being able to light your tap water on fire? This is just one of the many shocking results Gasland demonstrates. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world recognized scientists, and some of the most incredibly inspiring and heart-wrenching stories of ordinary Americans fighting against fossil fuel giants for environmental justice.

Director's Bio: Josh Fox grew up in the northeast and his work is known for its mix of gripping narrative, heightened imagery and its commitment to socially conscious themes and subjects. As the Founder and Artistic Director of International WOW, Josh has established himself as a significant force in New York theatre. In 2004, the New York Times hailed him as “one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde,” and Time Out NY has called him “one of downtown’s most audacious auteurs,” citing his “brilliantly resourceful mastery of stagecraft.” On stage with International WOW Company Josh has conceived, written, directed, and/or produced over 30 productions in Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Japan, Germany, France and New York City, which have included Surrender (2009 Drama Desk Nomination). GASLAND is his first documentary feature film.  It is his second feature film in two years, following the narrative feature Memorial Day released in 2009.

ALSOCOMING THIS SUMMER:
The Dry Land
, Saturday July 10 at the Rosendale Theater, starring America Ferrera and Hudson Valley's Melissa Leo
And More TBA... Stay Tuned!

11th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, September 29 - October 3, 2010


About the Woodstock Film Festival:

Named by Indiewire among the top 50 film festivals world wide and hailed as "A true American Maverick Among Fests," the Woodstock FIlm Festival has been praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking."

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival will take place September 29-October 3, 2010. The “fiercely independent” festival includes more than 150 films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale.

Celebrating its eleventh year, the Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films; hosting the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presenting A-list concerts, parties and panels, and creating stimulating, innovative programming year-round.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promotes artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity.

For more information please call (845) 679-4265 or visit www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

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