Hollywood isn’t going to miss its chance to get in on the natural gas boom.
Despite actors’ and artists’ efforts to halt fracking in areas like New York City, they will more than likely be the first lining up to cash in on the drama once films about drilling start cropping up. Most recently Sean and Yoko Ono have been the most outspoken celebrities to express concern about fracking. The two started the organization Artists Against Fracking.
Although stars, artists, and producers won’t be fracking anytime soon, they will be filming … filming plots based on fictional characters in the natural gas industry.
The first so far is “Promised Land,” featuring Matt Damon. Damon plays Steve Butler an employee of a company seeking to frack in a small town. Butler (Damon) finds himself deeply involved in the community and questions whether extraction would be the best thing for the town.
There have been a lot of “lands” out there. One might remember “Gasland,” the documentary produced by Josh Fox that set out to show the “dangers” of fracking. One might also remember its rival “Truthland,” the documentary that set out to “debunk” “Gasland.” Well, now there is “Promised Land.”
The trailer features rolling fields, farm animals, nostalgic shots of the American flag, country roads, a dive bar, and many familiar small-town type backdrops. Some of the filming took place in the Pittsburgh area, including Apollo, Avonmore, and others. Also familiar are some of the other actors featured in the movie including Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski, and Frances McDormand.
“Promised Land” will debut on January 11. Watch the trailer here. http://www.imdb.com/list/2xiKoHfupQY/#lb-1