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    Gasland 2 screening

    gotta love people with causes: nothing as insignificant as facts can turn them from their holy cause!

    And to the Tribeca Propganda Festival: **** you.

    Tribeca festival shuts out dissent

    By PHELIM MCALEER


    This was supposed to be a column about “Gasland 2,” the sequel to the anti-fracking documentary by activist Josh Fox, which premiered Sunday afternoon at the Tribeca Film Festival. Instead, it’s about my exclusion, along with maybe 20 farmers from upstate New York and Pennsylvania, from the screening despite having tickets for a theater with lots of empty seats.

    Our mistake was to believe the Tribeca Film Festival’s claims to want diversity of opinion and people who are passionate about film.

    As a journalist who made a documentary looking at the factual deficiencies in the first “Gasland,” I put some inconvenient questions to Josh Fox as he was speaking to the media on the red carpet.

    The farmers milling around nearby decided to join in with pointed but respectful questions of their own. After all, they know their land better than anyone, and they felt aggrieved that their lives and communities had been misrepresented by the first “Gasland.”

    They asked Fox if he now accepted that the water in Dimock, Pa., is clean. He’d claimed that Dimock was one of the most contaminated areas in the United States because of fracking. But state scientists and then the EPA investigated and found the water clean.

    The farmers asked Fox if he’d accept the science and apologize for calling their community a wasteland. He didn’t reply.

    There was silence also when they asked Fox if he’s going to withdraw his claim that fracking has caused a spike in breast cancer. That’s been debunked by the country’s top cancer experts, but Fox has remained silent, allowing the fears to linger.


    Given that Josh Fox had misrepresented their lives so badly in the past, the farmers were interested in what was going to be in “Gasland 2.” Many got up at 4:30 a.m. to travel to New York.

    Sherry Hart, a mother of three and the wife of a gas worker, was particularly excited to be there. She lives in Pennsylvania and had never been to New York City, but she felt that it was important to make the journey to see what was being said about her and her life.

    But she was not to find out. As the red carpet cleared and the farmers went to take their seats, they and I were informed that we weren’t being allowed in. No amounts of appealing or complaining did any good.

    It seems that inconvenient questions aren’t welcome at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    It was devastating for the people who’d traveled so far. They were upset and bewildered.

    Several hours after the media became interested in the exclusion, the Tribeca Film Festival issued a statement claiming that the screening was at capacity; the problem was simply a lack of seats.

    But the farmers, like everyone else these days, have cameras, and they recorded film festival staff giving very different reasons for excluding them from the screening.

    One staffer said they were not allowed in “because you’re making trouble.” Another was more honest: “We just don’t feel comfortable letting them into the movie,” she explained.

    The festival organizers called the police just in case the farmers didn’t get the message that they weren’t welcome.


    Julia Mineeva, a Russian journalist who’s covered the film festival for five years, thought she’d stumbled across a great story and started interviewing the various groups. When she went in to see the movie she was asked to leave, followed, put in handcuffs, arrested and charged with trespassing.

    It seems that covering both sides of a story is an arrestable offense at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    Festival founder Robert De Niro says he wants a festival that is controversial, but there was nobody more passionate than those farmers who made a round trip of hundreds of miles just to see a movie. But the message Sunday was that their passion was not welcome.

    And at the first sign of real controversy from real people, the festival closed its doors and called the cops.

    The message is clear: They want “controversy,” but only of the kind they agree with, and it can only come from people who look and sound like them.

    The rest of America can just stay on the sidewalk.

    Phelim McAleer is the director of “FrackNation.”

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    It is a wasteland. I live here.

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    Oh no, they traveled all the from PA! Wow never heard of any of these films. Is it too hard to provide a link to your cited article??

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    [QUOTE=cr726;4866656]Oh no, they traveled all the from PA! Wow never heard of any of these films. Is it too hard to provide a link to your cited article??[/QUOTE

    You're a nasty dude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726 View Post
    Oh no, they traveled all the from PA! Wow never heard of any of these films. Is it too hard to provide a link to your cited article??[/QUOTE

    You're a nasty dude...
    It's Obamas fault you giant tampon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    It is a wasteland. I live here.
    maybe, but not due to fracking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    maybe, but not due to fracking.
    Not yet.

    Funny how they'll frack here...but won't around NYC's watershed.

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    I have to say that movie "Promised Land" was a decent mind fvck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    Not yet.

    Funny how they'll frack here...but won't around NYC's watershed.
    Blame Yoko Ono, purveyor of junk science and propaganda. And Cuomo's brother in law, Dooshy Mc****tard

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    Have the released what chemicals they are actually using to frack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    gotta love people with causes: nothing as insignificant as facts can turn them from their holy cause!

    And to the Tribeca Propganda Festival: **** you.
    Nothing funnier than watching the nuts on the left when confronted with facts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    Blame Yoko Ono, purveyor of junk science and propaganda. And Cuomo's brother in law, Dooshy Mc****tard
    You're probably the type of person that would get mad if his neighbors dog sh*t on your lawn. But the rest of us are supposed to be cool with injecting chemicals into the same soil our water wells are sunk into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    You're probably the type of person that would get mad if his neighbors dog sh*t on your lawn. But the rest of us are supposed to be cool with injecting chemicals into the same soil our water wells are sunk into.
    You're probably the type that likes his 420 laced with every chemical known to man.... No?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanPatsFan View Post
    You're probably the type that likes his 420 laced with every chemical known to man.... No?
    My "420"?

    LMFAO.

    Uh. No. Like my bud green, sticky and stinky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    My "420"?

    LMFAO.

    Uh. No. Like my bud green, sticky and stinky.
    Son are you ON the pot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr726 View Post
    Son are you ON the pot?
    Lolz.

    Clint Eastwood's empty chair tells me to "STAY OFF THE GRASS"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post

    Like my pud green, sticky and stinky.

    I'm sure you do......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeanPatsFan View Post
    I'm sure you do......
    Indeed. Now, go take your Centrum Silver

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumberKhan View Post
    Indeed. Now, go take your Centrum Silver
    They just came out with a Centrum Rainbow for drug-addled, tat-covered libertines w/ low life expectancy

    No wait...

    They just took it off the market because of declining sales

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Shift Jet View Post
    They just came out with a Centrum Rainbow for drug-addled, tat-covered libertines w/ low life expectancy

    No wait...

    They just took it off the market because of declining sales
    Does anyone have the list of chemicals they are using to frack? Anyone?

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