CELINA - The documentary, FrackNation, will be shown Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. in the Celina High School Media Room, located in the east end of the high school building. FrackNation investigates charges made against fracking, including the claim that the process of hydrolic-fracturing is "dangerous" and should be stopped. Admission is free for the documentary program. Written and directed by husband and wife team Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, along with their colleague Magdalena Segieda, FrackNation was independently funded using a new social media called "crowdfunding" in which over 3,000 individuals donated over $220,000 to pay for its production. No oil or gas industry money funded the investigation, which took several years to complete. FrackNation has been scheduled to show at over 40 locations across Ohio. According to Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party group, over 200 people attended the fracking documentary event in Ravenna.
The New York Post and Variety have commented on the impressive investigative nature of the FrackNation documentary. Movies.com poses the question, "Did the news media too easily accept the arguments of [Gasland] made by a convincing yet admittedly amateur journalist without doing its own fact checking and research?"
The Grand Lake Patriots organization is sponsoring and paying for the local showing of FrackNation as a community service. Their intent is to provide information for concerned citizens who want to learn more about the fracking process so people can make up their own minds about the issues involved. The Patriots will have FrackNation videos available for purchase following the April 7 showings. View the FrackNation trailer on YouTube by going to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq2Y6A6LqcY.