Banjo Pickin @ DocuDay LA 2011

As part of DocuDay LA 2011, the International Documentary Association hosted a screening of the Academy Award nominated documentary "Gasland," a powerful expose on the process of fracking, a process used to mine and capture natural gas that has been contaminating water supplies across the country with industrial chemicals. Afterward "Gasland" director Josh Fox treated the audience to an entertaining banjo performance. Man Bites Dog Films provided the videography for the event. [vimeo id="21601400"]

Also if you enjoyed "Gasland," you may be interested in checking out the Man Bites Dog Films documentary "Toxic Soup," which was also released in 2010. "Toxic Soup" screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, the American Conservation Film Festival, the New Jersey Film Festival, the Louisville International Festival of Film, the Twin Cities Film Festival, the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival and the KahBang Film Festival.

It's the politics of pollution as giant corporations manipulate the system to delay environmental reform, endangering the lives of people all over the world for increased profits. “Toxic Soup” shares the stories of everyday folks fighting to keep their blood, water and air free from pollution. The documentary connects patterns of pollution in places as far away as Bhopal, India and Institute, WV and features interviews with Bill Clinton and director Morgan Spurlock.

Ruff-n-Rowdy: the Legend of the Sawmill Outlaw

I am back in LA after a 10 day shoot in West Virginia where I was directing a docu-drama on my old friend Chad Meador.

I wrote and edited Chad's first documentary "Method in the Mountains" back in 2007. "Method" followed Meador from The Strasberg Institute in New York City to his hometown -- Beckley, West Virginia -- where he taught acting classes to curious locals.

Problem was not too many folks were curious.

"Ruff-N-Rowdy: the Legend of the Sawmill Outlaw" picks up where "Method" left off. After Chad's acting classes flopped, Meador dropped out of NYU to support his baby, Tatem Belle, by working on his father's sawmill.

Overweight and depressed from his daily rut, Meador enters the Rough-N-Rowdy Brawl in near-by Bluefield, West Virginia to try to shake up his life and make some Christmas money for his baby.