PORTAGE COUNTY TEA PARTY
4682 State Route 43, Kent, OH 44240 • 330-474-3878 • 330-673-4671
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tom Zawistowski
CROWD OF 200 SHOWS UP AT MAPLEWOOD TO VIEW FRACKNATION VIDEO
RAVENNA, OH – A crowd of 200 Portage County residents showed up at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna on Sunday afternoon to view the FrackNation documentary. By a show of hands prior to the start of the movie, approximately a third of the audience was there because they were personally concerned about the fracking process and wanted to learn more about it. The movie investigates the charges that have been made, in print and in cult films like “Gasland”, which claim the process of hydrolic-fracturing is “dangerous” and should be stopped.
No presentations, either for or against fracking, were made at the event which was intend to provide information from which citizens could make up their own minds about the issues. The event was sponsored and paid for by the Portage County TEA Party as a community service. Though some protestors were present before and during the showing, their were no disruptions of the movie thanks to the security provided by the Ravenna Police Department which was paid for by the Portage County TEA Party.
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. It was written and directed by a trio of filmmakers: husband and wife team Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney and their colleague Magdalena Segieda – who did not take any oil or gas industry money to fund their investigation, which took several years to complete.
Those who missed the showing but would like to see the movie can purchase a copy of FrackNation at the Portage County TEA Party Office in Kent. Citizens or government officials can call 330-474-3878 for details.
To schedule a public showing of FrackNation in your community or to your group, please contact Tom Zawistowski at the Portage County TEA Party office or by sending an email to info [at] portagecountyteaparty [dot] com. Citizens can view the FrackNation trailer on YouTube by going to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq2Y6A6LqcY.