WINNER - Special Jury Prize - 2010 Sundance Film Festival
In September 2006, Josh Fox received an unexpected letter from a natural gas company offering him $100 000 for permission to explore his family¹s upstate New York property. Rather than signing on the dotted line, Josh¹s curiosity led him to ask questions and hit the road, camcorder in hand. What he discovered was a country in the midst of the largest natural gas drilling boom in history, and an environmental coverup of disturbing proportions.
Part vérité travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part showdown, GASLAND is a compelling and emotional first-person story of discovery and, ultimately, empowerment. Rough-hewn yet poetic, the film is a desperate plea for scrutiny of a powerful industry that has now turned its eye on a new massive and (for now) largely unexploited territory: Australia.