Don’t Frack With Denton Update

Hey everyone! We’ve got a quick video update for you all!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who supported and shared our crowd funding campaign for our upcoming documentary, Don’t Frack With Denton (2016). Thanks to you we were able to fund our trip to Paris, France to follow some of the folks behind Denton’s fracking ban as they participated in some unprecedented mass demonstrations Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 2.32.42 PMsurrounding the United Nations climate change summit (COP21). It was truly very exciting and we’re so thankful to be able to add this global perspective to our local story.

Candice Bernd, co-producer and co-writer of Don’t Frack With Denton, wrote an article for Truth-out about COP21 and why the future of the climate justice movement must be invested in local struggles like ours in Denton while Garrett Graham, the director, provided photos and video to accompany her article.

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Learn Filmmaking on YouTube

I made a special page for students on my website just so that I can share all of the amazing educational resources that I’ve found online. I first arrived in film school eager to learn the secrets behind the scenes in 2006, just one year after YouTube was launched.

Ten years later, there has been an incredible amount of peer-to-peer learning going on in the form of video tutorials, filmmaker vlogs and do-it-yourself success stories that anyone with a web browser can access. Digital technology and the proliferation of easy-to-share content has given us nothing less than a mass media renaissance that has redefined what it means to be a filmmaker, and more importantly, who gets to be a filmmaker.

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My job is to teach people how to make films and videos at the University of North Texas and so I’m always looking for a better animated graphic of how lenses work or a really great video essay that summarizes an important filmmaking concept. I’ve collected the best of those videos in a series of YouTube playlists that I’ve organized into a curriculum that I like to think of as a “video textbook” which can be viewed as an online film school.

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Don’t Frack With Denton (2015)

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

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Complete Transcript of Don’t Frack With Denton

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.

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Don’t Frack With Denton’s Opening Night

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.

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Tuarean Hodge, Jakob Schwarz, Robert Bowen, Tania Khalaf, David Goodman, Johnathan Paul and Garrett Graham.

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Don’t Frack With Denton Trailer

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 Showcase: Puppets for the Planet

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.33.44 PMCreative 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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