Dear Gov. Cuomo

in
Rhinebeck
Feb 10
Sun 1:00
IN PERSON: Jon Bowermaster
(US / 2012 / dir Jon Bowermaster)
unrated / 75mins
Last spring, with the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York, a unique coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front door step, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. 
The goal of the varied participants – actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood, the Horse Flies, and many more –  was to explain in clear terms the threats of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using song. The cord/chord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking. The film that resulted from the night—a unique blend of The Last Waltz and An Inconvenient Truth—was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, writer and filmmaker whose most recent documentaries are Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent; What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos; and the prize-winning SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories. His first 3D film—Wild Antarctica—is due in Spring 2013.
View Trailer the film’s website