By: Savanna Wierenga, Young America's Foundation Intern
More than 100 guests packed the Reagan Ranch Center on May
31st for a special screening of FrackNation,
hosted by filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer.
FrackNation sheds a new light on hydraulic
fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," which has been demonized
by environmental extremists. The film observes the process of
fracking and addresses the main concerns in Josh Fox's Gasland
2, an anti-fracking film. FrackNation takes fracking to a more personal level
by interviewing and examining individuals who are affected by the
technique. Viewers learn that many of these individuals
actually support fracking, a practice which most of the public
assumes is wrong.
The screening of FrackNation was scheduled when the
filmmakers heard that Josh Fox had planned a screening of
Gasland 2 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Two Foundation interns attended Josh's screening and counted 80 in the
auditorium, with no other students in sight. According to intern
Olivia Mountz, the entire event seemed very vague.
"Josh Fox gave a ten second intro telling the audience it was
his film and it was an anti-fracking film. If you didn't know any
background about the documentary, you would be lost," Mountz
As for the film, Mountz added, "I can see how a person would
side with Josh Fox after watching Gasland. It was so
dramatic and made natural gas look like murder."
The interns also reported that the audience was very rowdy and
kept cheering and shouting whenever the film showed that natural
gas as harmful or hazardous.
McElhinney and McAleer hosted a Q&A after the
FrackNation screening, which lasted roughly an hour. Attendees returned home more informed about the procedure of
fracking, the disadvantages and benefits of the process, and
positive effects it has for average, hardworking Americans