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A cross between “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Dear Governor Cuomo” captures a concert organized on the doorstep of the New York state governor to protest the lifting of a four-year moratorium against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The event brought together scientists, musicians, activists and actors in a scripted night onstage inviting the governor to join the anti-fracking majority in his home state. The film that resulted – written and directed by Jon Bowermaster, with musical direction by Natalie Merchant, and featuring Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more – is equal parts message and music.

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deargovernorcuomo_small-cover-160x221A cross between “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Dear Governor Cuomo” captures a concert organized on the doorstep of the New York state governor to protest the lifting of a four-year moratorium against hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The event brought together scientists, musicians, activists and actors in a scripted night onstage inviting the governor to join the anti-fracking majority in his home state. The film that resulted – written and directed by Jon Bowermaster, with musical direction by Natalie Merchant, and featuring Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more – is equal parts message and music.

On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing.

With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in 24 hours and it was showtime!

The goal of the varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using a unique blend of music and message. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking.

Duration: 1hr 12 Mins | 2012
Written and Directed by Jon Bowermaster
Musical Direction by 
Natalie Merchant
Features: 
Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, and Joan Osborn

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