01 Oct '12, 8pm

Matt Damon brings the fracking fight to the big screen

Matt Damon brings the fracking fight to the big screen

Focus Features Alternate title: We Bought a Gas Farm . Been jonesin’ for a Hollywood movie about a hot-button environmental issue? One without animation, penguins, or Al Gore? You’re in luck: Promised Land could be just the ticket when it hits theaters on Dec. 28. Beyond being the first environmental-issue drama with Oscar chances since Erin Brockovich , this movie about fracking in small-town America comes from some big-name players. Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, and John Krasinski star. Gus Van Sant directs. Damon and Krasinski wrote the script based on a story by Dave Eggers. Look closely: There might even be some Grist readers lurking in the background . Corporate salesman and all-American good guy Steve Butler (Matt Damon) tries to sell a teeny, depressed Pennsylvania town on the benefits (i.e. mad cash money) of fracking. Just as it looks like we’re headed for a hap...

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