Screening of “Triple Divide” in Room 411MLK at the Riverside Church

Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with industry interviews as well as farmers and landowners suffering in the wake of shale gas development. “It’s the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote researcher Robert Donnan.

The documentary's namesake, the triple continental divide where three important rivers (Allegheny, Genesee and Susquehanna) begin in north-central Pennsylvania, is designated as “exceptional value” and provides drinking water to millions of people to the north and south.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best environmental laws in the country, but they aren't being enforced," says Troutman.  With on-the-ground reporting, the film takes a serious approach with often beautifully lyrical documentary footage to scratch away at the false promises of the Pennsylvania DEP and the oil& gas industry.

Q&A with the film’s directors,  Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman will follow the screening.  Discussions will address water quality, farming implications, and fracking’s effect on poor and struggling communities.

Sponsored by: Beloved Earth Community of the Riverside Church, United for Action and West 80s Neighborhood Association

Suggested Donation: $10.00

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  • Beth A.

    Did anyone take photographs? Would love to post one or two ... thanks, beth ([masked])

    1 · April 7

  • Jeannette

    Great film, very urgent and very powerful! I hope it has a successful run, it makes some very clear and cogent points without forceful argument.

    2 · April 6

  • Susan S.

    I agree with Beth. It's a terrific film which depicts the countless violations to people in PA and to their land, water and health. Though I've known for some time that things were bad in PA, the examples depicted in the film were still shocking, particularly because of the ongoing collusion between utility companies in PA and the "DEP" in PA, leaving those seeking redress of their grievances with nowhere to turn. Very sad, enraging and too close for comfort for us in NY. Their problems are undoubtedly becoming our problems (e.g., via the pipeline infrastructure in NYS that transports fracked gas into NYS) even if NYS has not allowed fracking (yet??). The 5/1 case of the Minisink NY community in the US Court of Appeals is crucial in setting precedent against such violations.

    Kudos to the filmmakers and also to the 3 groups that cosponsored the event: United For Action, Riverside Church's Beloved Earth and West 80s Neighborhood Association. Their collaboration is inspiring!

    4 · April 6

  • Beth A.

    Joshua Pribanic gave generously of his research that went into "Triple Divide" in the Q&A after. The film packed a powerful punch re: fracking in PA and the impossibility of properly regulating its deleterious effects. Audible gasps were heard.

    3 · April 6

  • Marta S.

    Do we enter at the main church entrance on Riverside Drive?

    April 3

    • Beth A.

      I think its easier to enter on Claremont. Go in and take a left into the big room past security. Go to the elevators across that room. 4th floor, room is on the right

      1 · April 3

  • Beth A.

    get there a little early for a seat... should be fine, but im just sayin...

    April 3

  • Beth A.

    Joshua and Melissa (filmmakers) were part of a kind of "crowd-sourced" panel from Bradford County, PA who were interviewed on the Daily Show by Asif Mandvi, describing their experiences of being "fracked" Ironically, the complaining that the pro-fracking rep did afterwards about her experience on the show "three hours of waterboarding" garnered that episode MUCH more ATTENTION than it might have received. Way to go, pro-fracker!
    We at Beloved Earth from Riverside Church are looking forward to Joshua and Melissa presenting their film "Triple Divide" at Riverside,(room 411) on Sunday April 6 at 1 pm. Melissa from W 80's and Ling from United for Action are the co-sponsors.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Kevin G. O.

    Film is wonderful and I look forward to this screening and the Q&A with the film’s directors, Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman. Spread the word!

    March 27, 2014

  • Rachelle B.

    Riversiders voted in support of a total ban on hydro fracking in New York State and realizing that our faith calls us to protect our only planet.

    Will you join me at this screening? See you there.

    2 · March 13, 2014

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