New Project Launched to Show Opposition to Fracking in Colorado

The state of Colorado has been at the epicenter of the fracking debate recently. As the people of Colorado continue to express their opposition to fracking—through local legislation and widespread protesting—Colorado Governor Hickenlooper continues to disregard this opposition. He has even sued communities for adopting fracking bans.

The people of Colorado and Frack Free Colorado are determined to make their voices heard with a new project, Dear Governor Hickenlooper—a compilation of short films showing Colorado’s opposition to fracking. The compilation will bring together filmmakers, artists and musicians to send a powerful message to Governor Hickenlooper.

From the Dear Governor Hickenlooper website, “Imagine a segment that shows a man who lives to fly fish on CO’s rivers cutting to one that graphically depicts how fracking is impacting Colorado’s rivers; followed by a young farmer happily working to make a living from his/her land; followed by science on how we are fracking our food supply by auctioning off public lands near farms; followed by an interview with a solar expert showing us what’s possible with renewable energy in CO today if we level the energy playing field.”

Launched over Memorial Day weekend at Mountainfilm in Telluride, the project will continue accepting film entries through the end of 2013. The film’s first official screening will take place at Mountainfilm in May of 2014.

Several artists are already onboard, including Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice), Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), and members of the popular bands the Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers.

Meanwhile, Frack Free Colorado and Patagonia’s Boulder and Denver stores will soon be hosting gatherings to promote Dear Governor Hickenlooper, bring together contributing artists, share some of the short films that have been submitted, and educate the public about fracking and renewable energy. The first gathering will be held August 5th at 7:30PM at Patagonia’s Boulder store, with a similar event held on August 6th at 7:30PM at the Denver store.