Hollywood Goes After Fracking: Matt Damon in ‘The Promised Land’
|April 7, 2012||Posted by Beth Shaw under Issues|
Like most people, I like to go see movies to be entertained, not to get lectured. Unfortunately, it seems that Hollywood is more in the business of promoting whatever issues any particular star or producer has rather than in providing entertainment. No wonder movie attendance has declined in recent years!
Case in point is an on-going assault on obtaining natural gas through what is called fracking. First there was the movie Gasland (I know, you never heard of it, but it was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2011). That anti-fracking movie was answered with FrackNation, a pro-fracking movie. Now, another anti-fracking movie is being produced, ‘The Promised Land’. Hollywood star Matt Damon co-wrote the movie and will be the star.
And so the Hollywood fracking propaganda wars continue while the rest of us are struggling to pay our energy bills.
Movies about fracking have been springing up ever since the Josh Fox-directed film “Gasland,” catapulted the practice into the national spotlight. It was nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2011.
News about the plot of “Promised Land” was posted Monday by the directors of “FrackNation” — a pro-fracking movie that is being funded through Kickstarter.
“We want to make FrackNation because we want the truth about fracking to be told,” the directors wrote on the fundraising site. “But it will not be easy getting the message out with a sequel to ‘Gasland’ in the works and now a big budget Hollywood movie concentrating on scare stories rather than true stories. Now, we recognize Hollywood movies don’t have to be truthful — they just have to be entertaining, but it’s likely that PROMISED LAND will increase unfounded concerns about fracking.”