Academy Award-nominee for GASLAND
"As both a Filmmaker and an Artistic Director of theater, Josh Fox’s work is known for its mix of gripping narrative, heightened imagery and its commitment to socially conscious themes and subjects." —Insiders
"GASLAND just might be the best film of the year." —The Huffington Post
"[I]f a film can ever enact social change, which is rare, the potency of GASLAND suggests that this may be that film." —Variety
A finalist for a Academy Award for Best Documentary, GASLAND is a gripping, timely, and necessary film about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Conceived of, directed, narrated, and filmed by Josh Fox, GASLAND premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won six major awards: a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Artistic Vision Award, a Thin Line Film Festival Audience Award, a Yale Environmental Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and a Sarasota Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The film premiered on HBO in June 2010 and received Emmy nominations for cinematography, writing, and exceptional merit for nonfiction filmmaking, and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming. GASLAND is dedicated to the non-profit organization Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS).
The long-awaited sequel, GASLAND 2, debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. GASLAND 2 picked up where GASLAND left off, with Fox's continued investigation into fracking, its side effects, and the industry's responses to the anti-fracking movement.
Fox is the recipient, along with Michael Pollan and Alice Walker, of the 2010 LennonOno Grant for Peace, created by Yoko Ono to honor her late husband John Lennon’s dedication to peace and commitment to the preservation of human rights. Josh Fox was one of four recipients selected based on their courage and commitment to peace, truth, and human rights. In 2012 Fox released The Sky Is Pink, an emergency short film about hydraulic fracturing.
THE MAKING OF GASLAND
In 2008, Fox received a letter from a natural gas company interested in leasing his family’s land that sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, PA, for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural gas drilling in the US—with movie camera in hand. The result is a powerful film that uncovers a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination. Narrating a first-person account, GASLAND shows us truly shocking information about "fracking." Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is when a cornucopia of toxic chemicals is blended with water and forced into the shale to create a small earthquake underground. As a result of this particularly toxic form of drilling, Fox shows water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, residents of disparate drilling locations that have the same chronic illness symptoms, pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation, and how some gas well blowouts are consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. Variety magazine writes, “In vivid animation and graphics, Fox illustrates how the continent-wide explosion of fracking projects threatens watersheds and river basins, the source of drinking water.”
Throughout the filming, Fox reached out to scientists, politicians, and gas industry executives and ultimately found himself in the halls of Congress as a subcommittee, discussing the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, “a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing.” GASLAND is going a long way in spreading public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses on human and environmental health. Nationwide response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive. The Oil and Gas Industry's response: not so enthusiastic.
Fox’s first narrative feature film, Memorial Day, was released in 2008, produced by Artists Public Domain, Journeyman Pictures, and C-Hundred Film Corp. Memorial Day is a jarring roller coaster ride and genre-bending examination of American culture and the atrocities of Abu Ghraib, where war is a party and partying is a war. The film premiered at CineVegas Film Festival in 2008 and was hailed as "Unforgettable" by Variety, "Uniquely fascinating" by Indiewire, and garnered the reputation as "The most controversial film at the festival" by Spoutblog.
Josh Fox grew up in Milanville, PA, and New York City and earned his BA from Columbia University. He currently resides in New York City.
"Josh Fox is one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde." —The New York Times
Josh Fox's theater group, International Wow Company, combines physical and narrative performance forms that addresses current national and global social and political crises—and creates work with potent social and political content. As the Founder and Artistic Director of International WOW Company, Fox has established himself as a significant force in New York theatre. The film and theater company works closely with actors and non-actors from diverse cultural backgrounds, including members of the US Military; activist communities in sustainable energy and design; and actors, dancers, designers and filmmakers from around the world.
Founded in 1996, International WOW has premiered new work in eight countries with a rotating network over 100 actors, dancers, musicians, technical, and visual artists spanning 30 countries on five continents. With International WOW Company, Fox has received a Drama Desk Nomination, an Otto Award, five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and five prestigious MAP Fund Grants, as well as an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship among many other awards and honors.
Time Out New York has called Fox "one of downtown's most audacious auteurs," citing his "brilliantly resourceful mastery of stagecraft." On stage with International WOW Company, Josh has conceived, written, directed, and/or produced over 30 productions in Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Japan, Germany, France, and New York City. His recent work for the stage includes Surrender, an interactive war epic which was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award and AUTO DA FE. The performance premiered in New York and toured to Japan in 2011.
Other works by the company include You Belong To Me; Death of Nations; Heimwehen; The Comfort & Safety of Your Own Home, in NY Theatre Wire’s Top Ten of 2004; Limitless Joy; The Expense of Spirit; Orphan On God's Highway; HyperReal America, in Time Out NY’s Top Ten Shows of 2001; and American Interference, voted Best in the Fringe Festival by the Village Voice.