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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Corporations Flex $$ Muscles To Ban Fracking Documentary From Film Festival

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 10:00 AM PDT
Public Herald
The fact is, I think Clark’s statements are censoring information, important information, about a film made in the backyard of the ‘boonies.’ But, it’s more egregious than that. It’s censoring art, a crime I feel is equal to any of those committed by the oil and gas industry. How do you build a culture, a society, and a democracy by censoring art! According to Clark, ”It’s totally business.” Not-so-surprisingly, this isn’t the only time Triple Divide has been censored. RDA, a nonprofit organization in another fracking industry hub, Williamsport, PA, had a date to screen Triple Divide at the Creative Arts Center (CAC) a couple months after the group showed Gasland II. But when, according to a CAC spokesperson, two big donors threatened to pull their funding if CAC showed another film about fracking, RDA was banned from using the venue any further. Once again, along with RDA, Triple Divide was censored. Yet again this month in Salem, OH, a Kent State University Branch told a representative from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative: “We have decided not to go forward with your request to use our facility. If you do find a place to do your presentation in Columbiana County, please let me know. I would like to attend the showing and also tell others about this event.”

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