Sunday, September 30, 2012

Damon's anti-fracking film funded by ... UAE

The creators of Promised Land have gone to absurd lengths to vilify oil and gas companies, as Scribe’s Michael Sandoval noted Wednesday. Since recent events have demonstrated the relative environmental soundness of hydraulic fracturing — a technique for extracting oil and gas from shale formations — Promised Land’s script has been altered to make doom-saying environmentalists the tools of oil companies attempting to discredit legitimate “fracking” concerns.

Now, however, the Heritage Foundation has taken a look at the real politics of Hollywood — and followed the money. It turns out that Damon’s new didact-o-pic gets much of its financing from those disinterested third parties to the issues of American energy production ... the United Arab Emirates. ...

While left-leaning Hollywood often targets supposed environmental evildoers, Promised Land was also produced “in association with” Image Media Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, according to the preview’s list of credits. A studio spokesperson confirmed that AD Media is financing the film. The company is wholly owned by the government of the UAE.

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