Dear Governor Cuomo

Dear Governor Cuomo

On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing.

With the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo might lift the moratorium on fracking in New York any day, the event was assembled in less than a month. Two rehearsals in 24 hours and it was showtime!

The goal of the varied participants, many of whom had never met before this night, was to explain in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of fracking and to motivate people to rise up against the practice using a unique blend of music and message. The cord that bound them all was that they were first and foremost New Yorkers: New Yorkers Against Fracking.

The film that resulted from the night – a unique blend of “The Last Waltz” and “An Inconvenient Truth” – was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning doc-maker Alex Gibney. The stars of the night included actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber and a long list of musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin & Wood and many more.

The film premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 11 and has begin a statewide tour of theaters, universities and high schools.


“Dear Governor Cuomo,” written and directed by Jon Bowermaster, a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council writer/filmmaker/adventure Jon’s most recent documentaries are “Terra Antarctica, Rediscovering the Seventh Continent,” “What Would Darwin Think? Man v. Nature in the Galapagos” and the prize-winning “SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories.” His first 3D film – “Wild Antarctica” — is due in Spring 2013 and the anti-fracking doc “Dear Governor Cuomo …” will ‘premiered’ at the Woodstock Film Festival, October 2012.

Short video by Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney of May 15th concert.

November 12 — Cornell Cinema, Ithaca
November 13 — Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theater
November 14 — Crossroads Brewery, Athens
November 14 — Philadelphia (Food & Water Watch)
November 15 — Hyattsville, MD (Food & Water Watch)
November 18 — Baltimore, (Food & Water Watch)
November 23 — Beacon Theatre, Beacon
November 24 — Beacon Theatre, Beacon
November 26 — Downing Theater, Newburgh
November 29 — New York Ethical and Cultural Society
December 1 — Social Change Film Festival and Institute, New Orleans
December 4 — Brooklyn Heights Cinema
December 5 — SUNY New Paltz
December 7 — The Linda, Albany
December 9 — TSL, Hudson
December ? — South Jersey (Food & Water Watch)
December 14 — Buffalo, NY (Food & Water Watch)
December 15 — Rochester, NY (Food & Water Watch)