‘Gasland 2’ director to attend screening in Fort Worth

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The king of the anti-drilling movement is coming to the land of fracking.

Josh Fox, director of Gasland, a 2010 documentary critical of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas production, will attend a free showing of his sequel, Gasland 2, on Sept. 28 at Fort Worth’s Ridglea Theater. Gasland earned Fox an Academy Award nomination.

Gasland 2 premiered July 8 on HBO, drawing about the reviews you’d expect: The industry hates it, environmental advocates love it. It focuses on efforts by the energy industry to position natural gas as a cleaner alternative to oil, saying the industry’s lobbying efforts are “contaminating our democracy.”

“Heck, viewers were probably waiting for swarms of locusts to appear — fracking locusts,” opined Energy in Depth, an industry-funded site. “An eye-opening case study of towns and counties all over the country impacted by fracking and its side effects,” said the Sierra Club.

The film includes a visit to the Parker County home of Steve Lipsky, who has an ongoing legal battle with Range Resources over alleged contamination of a water well on his property. Lipsky will be a guest at the Fort Worth showing.

The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer panel that includes Fox and Fort Worth residents and drilling critics Deborah Rogers and Gary Hogan, and former Dish Mayor Calvin Tillman, who figured prominently in the first Gasland.

Several groups are hosting the 7 p.m. screening, including Fort Worth Citizens Against Neighborhood Drilling Ordinance, the first organized community group to oppose urban drilling locally in 2005.

The theater is at 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed to help offset expenses of the showing. There’s also a 7 p.m. showing scheduled the previous day at Dallas’ Texas Theater.

Fort Worth ad agency wins airport contract

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has awarded the Fort Worth-based Concussion marketing firm its business-to-consumer marketing and advertising, and public relations accounts.

The $6.3 million contract is for three years, but has two one-year options.

Concussion said it will be responsible for communication services to promote and support the airport’s product and service offerings, including parking, new international routes and passenger services.

Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber leader honored

Asusena Reséndiz, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was honored last week as a 2013 September Héroe en La Comunidad by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The monthly award honors a Hispanic community leader for their impact in the areas of civic responsibility, education, service, volunteerism and economic development. Reséndiz has headed the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber since January.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 sabaker@star-telegram.com Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 jfuquay@star-telegram.com Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 barry@star-telegram.com

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