Featured image courtesy of Jeff Dunentz.
The title sounds really, really bad; doesn’t it. I could say I’m at a loss for words, but nothing surprises me any more with this present administration.
It’s terrifying enough that Obama nixed the Keystone Pipeline on the advice of the State Department, specifically by Hillary Clinton. But now the State Department is in the business of telling the world what films to watch.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) announced today the 29 films selected for the American Film Showcase, an international cultural diplomacy initiative that brings people together worldwide through film. The Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, brings award-winning American films, including documentaries, feature films and animated shorts, to foreign audiences through events worldwide. Filmmakers and film experts will discuss the films and conduct workshops and master classes on a variety of issues related to filmmaking and film scholarship.
The American Film Showcase builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power diplomacy,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case film – to bring people together and foster greater understanding.
Anytime you have a university and the government working in tandem one can always expect bad results. Take a look at #7 on the list. Gasland.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this infammatory film, and I say this literally, in a nutshell, this kid by the name of Josh Fox tries to put a “hit” out on hydro-fracking of natural gas by traveling around the country and trying to set tap water on fire. Trailer is below:
This docucrockery won an award from the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and the Hollywood loony/lib crew even put it up for an Academy Award last year. Thank goodness it lost.
Fox claims that fracking causes groundwater contamination. The prestigious Institute for Energy Research debunks Fox’s claim, stating:
Two studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC)—the national association of state ground water and underground injection agencies whose mission is to promote the protection and conservation of ground water—found that there have been no confirmed incidents of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing. This is particularly noteworthy in consideration of the fact that approximately one million wells have been hydraulically fractured in the United States. Furthermore, according to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)—the multi-state governmental agency representing states’ oil and gas interests—each IOGCC member state has confirmed that there has not been a case of groundwater contamination where hydraulic fracturing was attributed to be the cause.
But this didn’t stop Hillz from *making a list, and checking it twice* and adding Gasland to the world-wide must-see lists of films. Fox, at least on twit, sees himself and this film now as a cause celebre because he was arrested in DC a couple weeks ago for illegally attempting to film a hearing of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
According to his Facebook page the charges of “unlawful entry” were dismissed.
But the bigger picture here folks, is what business does the U.S. State Department have in telling the world what films to watch. Yea, I didn’t take a look in depth at the other films on Hillz’ *recommended list.* Too frightening to think about, at least for this writer.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks