CM already discussed Gasland, and I want to encourage readers to check out another film called Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future. This documentary explores the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the United States – a 170-trillion cubic foot reserve located in northwestern Louisiana. Director Gregory Kallenberg and producer Mark Bullard followed three residents whose lives are dramatically affected by the “Haynesville Shale” in ways they could not have imagined.
A single mom takes up the defense of her community’s environmental protections, an African American preacher attempts to use the riches to build a Christian school and a salt-of-the-earth, self-described “country boy” finds himself conflicted as he weighs losing his land to an oil company’s offer to make him a millionaire.
They also interview environmentalists, scientists, and oil and gas industry experts throughout the movie. Haynesville recently premeired on CNBC and (full disclosure) I know the filmmakers. It’s well-worth watching and provides an interesting look at the socioeconomic factors and people beyond the headlines.
I’ve just learned that ROME may continue on the big screen!
As I former Classics major, I can wax poetic over everything I love about my all-time favorite series (and everything wrong with films like Troy and Alexander). Looks like IMDb has slated the feature film for 2011 and it’s listed ‘in development‘ on writer Bruno Heller’s page. There’s also a facebook group and this interview with Kevin McKidd (Lucius Vorenus) talking about the possibility…
If true, I’ll be incredibly excited! Can any of our readers confirm?
Who’s ready for the voyage on J.J. Abrams’ U.S.S. Enterprise? Any idea of what’s in store for the original crew? Share your predictions for the latest incarnation of Star Trek in comments…
[Hat tip to Phil]
1) Update from Congo: The virus affecting bonobos is making headlines around the world. As reported last week, they have been suffering from a mysterious flu and I’m glad word is getting out. The worst seems to be over, but please consider making a donation to Lola ya bonobo sanctuary where orphans desperately need food and medical care.
2) Deep Sea News is now hosting the 23rd edition of Carnival of the Blue. Meanwhile, over at Living the Scientific Life (Scientist Interrupted), you’ll find the inaugural post for Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People). Each carnival has a terrific mix of featured posts from bloggers across the internet and The Intersection has contributed to both… Go take a look!
3) Next week kicks off the first annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale. The event showcases cutting-edge documentaries and short films to raise awareness of current environmental issues. The line-up looks very interesting and is free and open to the public. Those in New Haven should check it out…