Edinboro Film Series Spotlight Filmmaker Event “Triple Divide”

The Edinboro Film Series is happy to announce its next spotlight filmmaker event is “Triple Divide.” The film’s directors, Melissa A. Troutman and Joshua B. Pribanic, will attend and take part in a Q&A after the screening, which is scheduled Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. at Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room.

“Triple Divide” tells a startling story about the dangers of fracking. Narrated by Mark Ruffalo, the film uses interviews, personal stories, experts and case files from public documents uncovered during an 18-month investigation. The realities of fracking in Pennsylvania may be shocking to viewers. The filmmakers hope to spark others with its calls for major improvements that are needed before this industrial process can be
considered anywhere close to safe.

“With steadfast investigative journalism we see how a blindfold of misinformation is crafted by both state regulators and the industry, putting us all in harm’s way.” said Joshua Pribanic, the co-director of the film. “People can expect to witness a side of fracking they’ve never seen before by watching ‘Triple Divide.’”

Jed Thorp of the Ohio Sierra Club said, “It’s hard to imagine anyone having a fully informed opinion about fracking without seeing ‘Triple Divide.’

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for the general public and free for Edinboro students with I.D. Tickets are available online now at EdinboroTickets.com. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

Joshua B. Pribanic
Joshua Pribanic has successfully started several nonprofit ventures, including sustainability projects on food systems and a for-profit grassroots publication in 2008 on regional news in northern Ohio. In 2011 he co-founded Public Herald with journalist Melissa Troutman, a nonprofit investigative news organization in the public interest. Pribanic’s multimedia projects have appeared in publications worldwide, and he’s a supporter and participant of the Committee to Protect Journalists. His mission is to expand the role of investigative journalism into a more dynamic expression of video and audio publications. His most recent work is “Triple Divide,” a feature-length documentary investigating the negative impacts of fracking.

Melissa Troutman
Melissa is a five-year freelance writer and journalist who also has experience both in video production and still cameras. Her community based approach to journalism is framed by a global mindset that points to the interconnection between all people, places, and ideas. She’s also an educator pursuing a new paradigm in public education blending democratic and outdoor models for learning. Melissa served as Director of Creative Play, Assistant Director of Commercial Video, and Staff Photographer at My Video Factory in Virginia Beach, Va., for almost two years before the business closed its doors. Melissa scripted, directed, and operated video and still cameras for family and commercial video in addition to serving as Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Vice President of Production.

Bio Information from http://www.publicherald.org/about/officers-staff/

ABOUT THE EDINBORO FILM SERIES – Our intent is to foster an environment that will attract, stimulate, and educate future filmmakers, actors, artists, and the general public; providing a comprehensive experience showcasing independent films and their filmmakers and giving those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions and meet the artists. Past events have included John Waters who performed an all-new version of his solo stand-up performance, This Filthy World, the East Coast Premiere of “Danny Roane: First Time Director” and “Division III: Football’s Finest” with actor Andy Dick and director Marshall Cook, “Wristcutters: A Love Story” with director Goran Dukic and actor Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire), “The Ruins” and “Bugcrush” with director Carter Smith, four days of screenings and workshops with actor/producer Patrick Kilpatrick (Minority Report), and Sundance favorites Ondi Timoner (We Live in Public) and Jake Mahaffy (Wellness) among others.

Learn more at http://aux.edinboro.edu/filmseries