Dryden - The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game

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Roxie Theater Mon, Jun 1, 2015 6:00 PM

A young South African swallows her optimism on fracking in her Karoo hometown and sets out to uncover the hidden truths of the gas industry.


Chris Jordan-Bloch | USA | 2014 | 11 min

San Francisco Premiere

The industry kept saying: "We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave", says Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to her town of Dryden, NY. But Joanne and her neighbors came up with a plan. This is the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry. As fracking bears down on 31 states across the country, this story offers hope and important lessons for communities trying to protect themselves.


DISCUSSION WITH: Chris Jordan-Block, director

Additional Information

Chris Jordan-Bloch is a filmmaker, photographer, and activist in Oakland, CA. He is a multimedia producer for Earthjustice and he believes that stories and activism can work in tandem to promote meaningful change. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and previously worked as a newspaper photographer and multimedia journalist. In 2012 two of his films were chosen as official selections of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. His photography and filmmaking have also been recognized by the Best of Photojournalism, the National Press Photographers Association, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association which named him their 2009 Photographer of the Year. Before his career in journalism, Chris was a musician. When he's not working he loves playing and listening to music, surfing, drinking sazeracs and kissing his wife.