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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published April 05 2012

‘FrackNation’ filmmaker to scout for locations in North Dakota next week

WILLISTON, N.D. – A filmmaker for the upcoming documentary “FrackNation” will scout for locations to film in North Dakota next week.

Ann McElhinney, who will speak in Minot on Tuesday and Bismarck on Wednesday, also plans to visit Dickinson, Williston and Glendive, Mont., during her trip.

McElhinney said this will be her first visit to the Bakken and she’s anxious to see the activity.

“It’s an incredible story and I just want to witness that myself,” McElhinney said today. “North Dakota may well be included in the film.”

The film, being produced by Los Angeles-based company Ann and Phelim Media, is a response to the anti-fracking movie “Gasland” by Josh Fox.

“He’s very short on science and short on truth and high on emotion and high on anecdote,” McElhinney said.

Fundraising for “FrackNation” is continuing online at kickstarter.com through Friday morning. The donations are on track to reach $200,000.

McElhinney said she is working to get “FrackNation” distributed before the November election.

Meanwhile, McElhinney said she’s learned that Matt Damon is set to star in a Hollywood anti-fracking movie directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring John Krasinski.

“They’ll put together a very terrifying film,” McElhinney said.

“FrackNation” aims to tell the truth about hydraulic fracturing through interviews with scientists and ordinary people who are affected by restrictions on fracking, she said.

McElhinney is speaking at events organized by the North Dakota Policy Council. Here is information about the events:

What: Filmmaker Ann McElhinney talks about her upcoming documentary, “FrackNation”

Minot event: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn

Bismarck event: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Best Western Doublewood Inn

Cost: $10, or free for members of the North Dakota Policy Council

For more info: policynd.org

Dalrymple is a Forum Communications Co. reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.