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Free Film Screening – Haynesville – UT Austin – Oct 26

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Free University of Texas screening of energy documentary “Haynesville” on October 26. Called by some “The most important energy film in the last 5 years”, and “A balanced, humane discussion of our energy future”, Haynesville documents the momentous discovery of the nation’s largest natural gas field and explores what the find could mean to our nation’s energy future. Some of the film’s honors have included being featured at the Copenhagen Climate Summit, earning a “Green Award” nomination from the Sheffield International Doc Fest and inclusion as a Spotlight Premiere in SXSW 2010.

Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for Energy takes place in the Louisiana backwoods, and follows the momentous discovery of the largest natural gas field in the United States (and maybe the world). The film examines the historic find (a formation called the “Haynesville Shale”) from the personal level as well as from the higher perspective of the current energy picture and pending energy future.   As the Haynesville boom erupts, the film focuses on three lives caught in the middle of the find: A single mom takes up the defense of her community’s environmental protections, an African American preacher attempts to use the riches to build a Christian school and a salt-of-the-earth, self-described “country boy” finds himself conflicted as he weighs losing his land to an oil company’s offer to make him a millionaire. From a broader perspective, Haynesville explores the current energy situation and what something the scale of the Haynesville (170 trillion cubic feet or the equivalent of 28 billion barrels of oil) could mean to the United States’ energy picture.  In a never-seen-before on-screen discussion, environmentalists, academics and oil and gas industry folks hash out the idea of trying to find cleaner energy sources and how this natural gas could possibly help provide an energy answer.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM (CT)
Where:  UT’s AT&T Executive Education Center’s auditorium

When:  Tuesday, October 26 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

5:30pm – Reception
6:30pm – Screening
8:00pm – Q&A – Director Gregory Kallenberg, – Dr. John C. Butler, and Dr. Michael E. Webber

The University of Texas at Austin, Energy Management and Innovation Center
The Mitchell Energy Foundation
The Webber Energy Group

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