published GROUNDSWELL RISING Medium Community Screening License 2019-03-04 19:43:43 -0500

published GROUNDSWELL RISING Small Community Screening License 2019-03-04 19:38:41 -0500

published GROUNDSWELL RISING Large Community Screening License 2019-03-04 19:34:37 -0500

published GROUNDSWELL RISING No Frills Screening License 2019-03-04 19:26:05 -0500

published GROUNDSWELL RISING 2019-03-04 19:06:06 -0500


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GROUNDSWELL RISING documents the opposition from both sides of the political spectrum to the ubiquitous practice of fracking for natural gas, and the health and environmental reasons behind it.

[NOTE TO ACTIVISTS AND EDUCATORS: The DVD has been re-authored to include the names of the film's experts and iconic figures in the chapter-menu headings, for ease of use in legislative hearings and to provoke discussion in educational settings. Inquire to invite the filmmakers to attend your screening.]


gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas.  We meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers and individuals across the political spectrum decrying the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people.  This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.

shows how fracking has contaminated drinking water and jeopardized health and quality of life.  Homeowners near wells suffer from respiratory ailments and property devaluation.  Reina Ripple, of Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, chronicles mounting ailments related to fracking.  A former industry employee shows skin lesions and edema obtained while working with fracking waste.  

Grassroots efforts have achieved bans, moratoriums, and referendums on fracking.  Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson paves the way forward globally with his Solutions Project for 100% renewable energy.  Transcending the genre of environmental film, GROUNDSWELL RISING's passionate stories inspire and empower.

Featuring: Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Dr. Mark Jacobson, Shane Davis, Deborah Goldberg, Bob Edgar, James Browning, Mark Ruffalo, Vera Scroggins, Craig Stevens, Dr. Walter Tsou, Dr. Poune Saberi, Raina Rippel, and more.

Two versions on same DVD: 70 minutes (original)  and 52 minutes
SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Directed and Produced by Renard Cohen and Matt Cohen
Executive Producers: Matt Cohen, Mark Lichty
Editor: Ryan Kollmorgen
Associate Producer: David Walczak
Contributing Producers: Leigha Cohen, Joe Kramer
Camera: Renard Cohen, Dave Walczak, Mark Lichty, Matt Cohen
A Resolution Pictures Production


Screening options:
$24.95 Home Use DVD purchase (private use only)


$59 No Frills Free-Admission Public Screening
Events with license to charge admission
$100 Small Community Screening (1-50 people)
$200 Medium Community Screening (51-100 people)
$350 Large Community Screening (100+ people)

"Besides the incredible information on fracking's detriment to our health it is also a great look into what it is like to live in a town with fracking in the backyard. This film should be watched by everyone on the side of industry and those considering leasing their land to the gas companies. Plain and simply, it's the human side of this debate."

Mark Ruffalo, Actor, Activist

"Will get your blood going and your mind racing about how we can pull together to defend our communities from gas drilling and its crushing infrastructure."
Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

"No kidding this is a groundswell, and just in time! Fracking means big money to a few, which is why its spreading around the world-but the opposition from the rest of us is spreading just as fast, and this powerful film shows exactly why!"
Bill McKibben, Founder of

published Order GROUNSDWELL RISING 2019-03-04 19:04:31 -0500

published BLUEFIN Large Community Screening License 2019-02-08 18:04:25 -0500

published BLUEFIN Medium Community Screening License 2019-02-08 13:02:15 -0500

published BLUEFIN Small Community Screening License 2019-02-08 12:42:15 -0500

published REDEFINING PROSPERITY in Films 2019-01-07 14:44:42 -0500

published THE HERETIC in Films 2019-01-07 14:42:45 -0500

published THE HERETIC Small Community Screening License 2018-12-31 18:09:57 -0500

published THE HERETIC Medium Community Screening License 2018-12-31 18:01:38 -0500

published THE HERETIC Large Community Screening License 2018-12-31 17:53:51 -0500

published Order REDEFINING PROSPERITY 2018-12-20 13:52:19 -0500

published Order THE HERETIC 2018-12-19 15:47:45 -0500

published Major New Releases, Fall 2018 2018-10-18 16:27:33 -0400

Major New Releases, Fall 2018

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Bullfrog Communities, a project of Bullfrog Films, is pleased to announce two incredibly timely and major award-winning new releases for community and campus-wide screenings: CAPTURING THE FLAG and THIS IS HOME.

With the US midterm elections on the horizon, CAPTURING THE FLAG is essential viewing. According to a NPR report, turnout for the election could hit a 50-year high. Disenfranchisement is a major threat.  CAPTURING THE FLAG tells the current voter-suppression story in vivid detail.

Winner of this year's Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary and National Media Market 2018 Best in Show Finalist, THIS IS HOME is a stirring account of the global refugee crisis through the eyes of Syrian refugee families attempting to resettle in Baltimore.

Click the links above or below to see trailers and for more information. And, check out other powerful Fall 2018 releases on equality; the environment; food; economics; and peace and justice.

A tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina — 2016 “poster-child” for voter suppression — intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Margaret Meade Film Festival

“The stories of these voters remind us that the heart of this fight is our shared human stake in our democracy — and CAPTURING THE FLAG serves both as a warning and a call to action to activists across the country who are ready to fiercely defend it.” Natasha Piñon, Ms. Magazine


Puts a human face on the global refugee crisis by providing an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in the US and struggling to find their footing.
Sundance Film Festival Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Director's Award, Foreign Documentary, Cinetopia Film Festival
National Media Market 2018 Best in Show Finalist

"Affecting..." Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Powerful...Allows an exceptional intimacy to develop between the audience and the subjects."  Eve MacSweeney, Vogue
"America and Americans are many things, but I was reminded of how simultaneously bewildering, charming, generous and scary this place can be." Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time
"A heartening call for open-armed empathy in an America still guarded on that front." Guy Lodge, Variety
"Give[s] a face to the faceless by putting viewers — no matter their political opinions — in the center of the most personal of moments these families endure." Meghan Giannotta, amNewYork
"Brilliant...Heartbreaking...In this political moment of anti-immigrant hysteria, THIS IS HOME is a needed reminder of the many insecurities refugees confront and of the moral and political necessity of supporting them."  Dr. Samer Abboud, Associate Professor, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Villanova University, Author, Syria


See for a complete list of our titles. If you have questions, contact me at [email protected].

Coming Soon: THE HERETIC, the new film from the makers of the groundbreaking documentary THE TRUE COST; REDEFINING PROSPERITY, new from award-winning filmmaker John de Graaf; BLUEFIN: LAST OF THE GIANTS, a beautiful film about a species on the brink of collapse; and G IS FOR GUN, a disturbing look at the arming of K-12 teachers; and more...

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