LOUDONVILLE — The public is invited to a free viewing of the award-winning documentary, “Split Estate,” to be shown at the Ohio Theatre in Loudonville on Saturday at 3 p.m. This film is produced and directed by filmmaker Debra Anderson, who is credited with more than 30 national television programs broadcast on PBS, National Geographic, HBO, A&E, and AMC. Advising producer is three-time Emmy Award winning Michael Mirendorf and narration is by Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress, Ali MacGraw.
This film maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. Exempt from federal protections like the Clean Water Act, the oil and gas industry has left this idyllic landscape and its rural communities pockmarked with abandoned homes and mounting public health concerns.
Stewards of the Land was formed to raise public awareness about this highly disruptive industry and encourage our public officials to prepare for any circumstances that may arise as a result of this process.
Brian Egolf, New Mexico State Representative states: “This is a must-see film for any elected official who deals with natural resource issues and the impact that oil and gas extraction can have on a community. Anyone who sees the film will be changed by the experience — for the better.” Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico from 2003-2011 states: “This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy.”
Published on March 29, 2012