Mark Skinner to show film on fracking

MANCHESTER - Transition Town Manchester's One Earth Film Series will present "Dear Governor Cuomo" on Friday, June 28, at the Mark Skinner Library beginning at 7 p.m.

The film - which focuses on fracking - was first shown in February and is being shown again due to its popularity.

In May of 2012, a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor's front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. The goal of the event was to explain in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using a unique blend of music and message. The film that resulted from that night - a blend of the "The Last Waltz" and "An Inconvenient Truth" - was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster. The stars of the night included actors Mark Ruffalo and Mellissa Leo, environmental biologists Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, Citizen Cope, and Medeski Martin and Wood.

The film delves into the terrifying facts about how hydro-fracking is currently ruining America's water supply, and then periodically serves up some healing music to viewers digest this frightening truth. The combination of music and authentic voices calling people to action makes for a powerful and moving film experience. The film is also an advancement in advocacy media, as it creates intense political pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to stop fracking's advance into New York City's watershed.

There will be a short discussion afterwards. There is a suggested donation of $5.

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