We’ve been working for over a year on our new documentary, Don’t Frack With Denton, and when our hometown voted in a landslide to ban fracking over health and safety concerns we thought we had our happy ending and started editing our movie.
But, in the middle of our post-production schedule, lawmakers in Austin quickly approved a reactionary bill that was written by the oil and gas industry which makes it impossible for the people of Denton to enforce the fracking ban that they voted for. Even worse, this bill also makes it impossible for any other city in Texas to ban fracking, or to effectively regulate the oil and gas industry at all. We realized then that our job was far from over and that this story had just gotten much, much bigger. Continue reading
This is a complete transcript of the first twenty minutes of my upcoming documentary, Don’t Frack With Denton (2015). It is provided here to make quotations easier for anyone who may want to cite this documentary for their own purposes. I hope it is useful to those who value this documentary and may wish to cite the information within.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who came out to support Don’t Frack With Denton and all of the films that premiered at last night’s UNT MFA Documentaries screening. If you couldn’t make it last night, no problem! We’re releasing our opening chapter of this ongoing story online today!
We especially want to thank our excellent documentary crew, David Goodman, Tuarean Hodge, Jakob Schwarz, Johnathan Paul, Robert Bowen and our fantastic UNT faculty advisors Tania Khalaf and Melinda Levin for all of their guidance and support.
Tuarean Hodge, Jakob Schwarz, Robert Bowen, Tania Khalaf, David Goodman, Johnathan Paul and Garrett Graham.
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Enjoy this trailer for my next project, Don’t Frack with Denton, a documentary about the grassroots movement to ban fracking in Denton, Texas. The premiere is on May 8th, 2015 at the University of North Texas Department of Media Arts in room 184 at 7:00 pm. This screening is free and open to the public.
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Creative Resistance, a showcase for activist art, has chosen to spotlight my latest video of Puppets for the Planet performing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?“, a humorous look at the serious dangers of fracking here in Denton, an everywhere else too. Coming soon: “Don’t Frack with Denton“.
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In anticipation of my next documentary, Don’t Frack With Denton, here’s a fun little treat from Puppets for the Planet, a delightful group of artists and puppeteers lending their creative talent to the movement to ban fracking in Denton. On November 4th, 2014 the people of Denton will have their chance to vote on this issue. Until then, groups like Puppets for the Planet are getting the word out and having fun with it too.
Don’t Frack With Denton is a documentary film by Garrett Graham about the movement to ban fracking in Denton, Texas. It is being produced in partial fulfillment of the University of North Texas Master of Fine Arts degree in documentary filmmaking and will be completed in the spring of 2015.
This interview was originally published by the North Texas Daily on August 26th, 2014.
By Dalton LaFerney/Staff Writer
While Denton decides what to do about hydraulic fracturing in and around its neighborhoods, UNT graduate student and local documentarian Garrett Graham will film the proceedings and movements for his latest documentary, “Don’t Frack With Denton.”