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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

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