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Gasland Director Josh Fox & Environmentalist Bill McKibben at the Hammer Museum - May 15

Danh Lai May 10, 2012 6:11 PM
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Tuesday, May 15, 7pm – Free admission



Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum presents a free public program, Fracking and Keystone: Energy Independence Versus the Environment on Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm. Admission is free. Joining us is Josh Fox, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, which first revealed the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In the name of energy independence, natural gas companies are using fracking with the promise to turn the U.S. into the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Fox is the founder of International WOW Company, a film and theater company committed to socially conscious themes and subjects. Also joining us is environmentalist Bill McKibben, who recently led demonstrations at the White House that delayed the approval of a pipeline from the tar sands of Alberta to Texas. The contentious Keystone XL pipeline has become a hot election-year issue. He is the author of several books, including The End of Nature, and his latest, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.



Josh Fox is the founder and artistic director of the International WOW Company, a theater and film group with membership of over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists spanning 30 countries on four continents. The New York Times has hailed him as "one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde." Fox wrote and directed the documentary feature Gasland, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. His narrative feature film debut Memorial Day, a jarring roller coaster ride from the beaches of girls-gone-wild spring break to the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib, premiered at CineVegas Film Festival and went on to have a successful limited run at IFC Center in New York. His recent work for the stage includes Surrender, an interactive war epic premiering in New York City, which was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award and Auto Da Fe, which premiered in New York.



Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time Magazine called him 'the planet's best green journalist' and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was 'probably the country's most important environmentalist.' Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hammer Forum is an ongoing, monthly series moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, author, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and host of the radio programs Background Briefing, Sundays at 11AM, and The Daily Briefing, Monday through Thursday at 5PM, on KPFK 90.7 FM.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

Let me know if you have any questions.





Morgan Kroll

Public Relations Associate


10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 443-7016


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Danh Lai
University of California, Los Angeles Class of 2015
Environmental Science