Contrary to what the Heritage Foundation might have you believe, Matt Damon's new film "Promised Land" is less about fracking than it is community. Sure, there is science and debate in it, but more importantly, the film deals with taking on corporate power.
"One thing [natural gas companies] are very worried about is decisions being made at the local level," Damon told The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere. "They really would rather have decisions being made at the state level. And their argument is that it’s far more efficient for them to understand what the regulations are for an entire state, rather than try to argue town-to-town about how to do things and have different zoning laws.
"Okay, that’s an understandable argument," he continued, "but the flip side of it for these local communities is like, are we going to let somebody legislate from the other side of the state what can and can’t be done in our actual backyards? So you can see each side there and we’ll see what happens."
Damon and RFK Jr., who was also at the premiere, talk further about the issue -- and how it is sold to people in small towns.