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Jennifer Merin

AMPAS Docs For Sustainability!

By April 23, 2012

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Earth Day 2012 is gone, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is doc-ing on for environmental sustainability.

The Academy's Wednesday, May 2, 2012 program for its Contemporary Documentaries Series features two Oscar-nominated nonfiction films -- one short and one feature length, both nominated in 2010 -- that focus on the adverse environmental effects of big business.

The short selection is Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon's The Warriors of Quigang, about villagers in rural China who collectively demand that an end be put to a local chemical company's toxic pollution of their town's air and fresh water.

And in the feature spotlight, Josh Fox's Gasland, in which the filmmaker documents his own and community action groups' efforts to crack down on 'fracking,' a dirty drilling process that destabilizes the Earth's strata to release natural gas that's been trapped in sealed underground pockets. Unfortunately, the released gas tends to contaminate fresh water and foul the soil, as is evidenced in fracking hotspots across the nation. Gasland editor, Matthew Sanchez, will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

The May 2 program is to be presented at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Academy's Contemporary Documentaries Series, now in its 30th year, continues through May 30. Admission to all screenings in the series is free, on a first come basis. Mark the date and get there early!


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