Documentary Film & Discussion Features Pertinent topic: Frac Sand Mining. “The Price of Sand” short films to be shown at the St. Mane Theatre on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion led by David Williams
What is the real price of frac sand? “ . . . Not just in dollars, but in friendships, communities and the future of our region,” film director Jim Tittle of St. Paul describes the goal of his documentary. Although still in production, the Lanesboro audience will get a sneak preview of The Price of Sand with director’s shorts. The shorts will screen at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. on Friday, August 17, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., with admission on a free-will donation basis. The evening begins at the Lanesboro Local Marketplace (across the street from the theater) at 6:30 p.m. with a tasting of local foods. Following the film will be a discussion led by David Williams, local attorney and chair of Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection.
The Price of Sand is a candid documentary about what the frac sand industry is doing in this region. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening in Minnesota and Wisconsin at a rapid rate. The film came about when, a year ago, an oil company bought a tract of land in near the filmmaker’s mother’s house in rural Goodhue County, Minn. The prospect of an open pit mine led to the formation of an opposition group, a series of public meetings, and a temporary county moratorium on frac sand mining. “I’m a filmmaker, so I visited people who live near existing mines and interviewed them. They told me stories–intense truck traffic, plummeting property values, toxic silica dust–a catalog of complaints that surprised me with its variety and intensity. I made clips from the interviews and posted them on YouTube,” explains Jim Tittle. These YouTube shorts have provoked discussion (20,000 views so far), but the story of this mining boom is more complex. “Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious.” For more information and to view the film trailer, visit http://thepriceofsand.com/.
Third Friday Documentary is a cooperative educational series sponsored by the Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Lanesboro Local Marketplace for local food and goods. All parts of the event are free. Donations are welcome to cover film showing rights. Lanesboro Local is located at 207 Parkway Avenue N. The St. Mane Theatre is just across the street at 206 Parkway Avenue N. For details regarding the tasting please contact info@LanesboroLocal.org or call 507-467-2944. For information about the film and St. Mane Theatre please contact the Lanesboro Arts Center at 507-467-2446. Future Third Friday Documentary events (titles to be announced, based on contemporary social issues) will be held on Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16, 2012.