Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Haynesville Movie on CNBC Tonight

Gregory Kallenberg's documentary "Haynesville" will play on CNBC tonight three times, 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and midnight (central).  It will show again on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

"Haynesville" follows three people in the early days of the Haynesville Shale as they deal with the potential economic windfall that comes with drilling the shale under their feet.  It is important to remember that the film is a documentary and not a debate about the pros and cons about modern drilling.  If it had been completed later, the hydraulic fracturing hysteria would be unavoidable, but the film predates the fracking histrionics.

Here is my reaction from a screening last year if you care to read it.  While I consider the film a "sociological" film rather than an "advocacy" piece, having a point of view as a documentarian is unavoidable.  While there is a pro-gas lean to the film, the movie follows the drama in the lives of a few individuals trying to comprehend the personal impact of the Haynesville Shale.  At the same time, the filmmakers - like everyone else at the time in 2008 and 2009 - are trying to figure out what the Haynesville Shale was all about and if shale gas is for real. (It seems crazy that 2008 feels like ancient history to me now.)

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