Split Estate (Community Screenings)
Documents the devastating effect that oil and gas drilling is having on the health of families and the environment in the Rocky Mountain West.
Directed by Debra Anderson
Produced by Red Rock Pictures, LLC
Editor: Debra Anderson
Writers: Joe Day, Avery Garrett, Jean Wendt
Cinematography: Debra Anderson, Dave Bowden, Doug Crawford
Advising Producer: Michael Mierendorf
Consultants: Mitchell Marti, Tara Meixsell
Originial Music: Tim Anderson, Chris Jonas, Music Box LLC, Michael Stearns, Molly Sturges, Ron Sunsinger, Joe West
Narrated by Ali MacGraw
Note: Below are descriptions of two different rental packages. These are for use in all kinds of community group settings. They are not for use in the classroom.
"This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy." Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine another shocking truth: you have little or no recourse to protect your home or land from such development. SPLIT ESTATE maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health.
As our appetite for fossil fuels increases despite mounting public health concerns, SPLIT ESTATE cracks the sugarcoating on an industry that assures us it is a good neighbor, and drives home the need for alternatives -- both here and abroad.
Community Screenings Rental Packages
There are two options for community screenings rental packages. In addition to the DVD which is licensed for you to show in public (provided no admission fee is charged), you will receive postcards and mini-posters to publicize the event, and you will receive consumer DVDs that you can sell to recoup your expenses and spread the word.
Be sure to give us 3 weeks' notice to give us time to get the publicity materials to you and for you to publicize the event in your local community.
Note: These prices are for a onetime screening only. Contact us if you plan multiple screenings. Regardless of the option you choose you will be required to return the Community License DVD.
$99 "Basic Package" which consists of one (1) Community License DVD, 5 Consumer DVDs, 100 postcards and 4 mini posters.
$199 "Activist Package" which consists of one (1) Community License DVD, 10 Consumer DVDs, 150 postcards and 6 mini posters.
Use the buttons to the upper right hand column to make your selection. Shipping and handling charges are additional and will be added to your order.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-897-X
VHS ISBN: 1-59458-896-1
"Split Estate effectively dramatizes the concentrated costs regularly borne by those who reside on or near the underground energy resources that most of us take for granted. Even reasonably knowledgeable viewers are likely to come away with a heightened understanding of both the politically privileged position of our nation's extraction industries and the role that concerned citizens can play in holding those industries accountable."
Christopher H. Foreman, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Author, The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice
"Split Estate is an excellent and timely look at a critical issue in energy development. Our nation's headlong rush into energy development on public lands sounds fine--until the drilling rig sits outside your backdoor. The government's retention of mineral rights on millions of acres of private land will continue to destroy the lives and dreams of Americans until Congress confronts the split estate problem. Thanks for exposing this dirty little secret legacy from the past."
Jack Tuholske, Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
"Split Estate is an eye-opening examination of the consequences and conflicts that can arise between surface land owners in the western United States, and those who own and extract the energy and mineral rights below. This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy while preserving the priceless elements of cultural heritage, private enterprise above-ground, and the precious health not only of people but the land itself."
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico
"Tells a powerful story about Americans living with the dirty side of oil and gas development in their own backyards. As oil and gas production expands to more and more places throughout the country, it is essential that communities have the information they need to support policies that protect our health and environment."
Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
"You tell an important and compelling story. You have captured brilliantly the issues and are helping tell the story that needs to be spread to a much broader audience."
Gwen Lachelt, Executive DIrector, The Oil and Gas Accountability Project
"A must-see film for any elected official who deals with natural resources issues and the impact that oil and gas extraction can have on a community. Anyone who sees the film will be changed by the experience - for the better."
Brian Egolf, New Mexico State Representative
"I urge our elected leaders--especially those who make decisions about energy development and environmental health in the Rocky Mountain West--to confront and tackle the critical issues raised in this film."
Sandy Buffett, Executive Director, Conservation Voters New Mexico
"We are fighting for our lives here in the Marcellus Shale in NY and PA. Your film may save us."
"From the first viewing, it appears the documentary has teeth that quite literally draw the viewer into the grips of the devastation told by Debra Anderson and the people she interviewed...This can become a vehicle to tell the truth about the devastation of natural gas development, and perhaps persuade those who
|Reduced rates for activist and grassroots groups. Please inquire.
The DVD includes two versions of the film, the full 76-minute version and a 15-minute version for discussion purposes.
The DVD also includes extended interviews on the Health Effects and Oil and Gas Drilling with Dr. Theo Colborn, PhD, Daniel Thau Teitelbaum, MD and Dr. Kendall Gurdes, MD and on Legal Issues and Oil and Gas Drilling with Oil and Gas Plaintiff Attorney Lance Astrella. Also included are extras for activists, the movie trailer, SDH captions for the deaf and hard of hearing and scene selection.
Split Estate web site
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do not understand this, to say 'no' to this leviathan."
Kathleen Dudley, co-chair Drilling Mora County, NM