|Occupation||Speaker, filmmaker, journalist|
|Known for||global warming, film-making|
|Notable work(s)||Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business|
Ann McElhinney is an Irish documentary filmmaker. She has written and produced the political documentaries FrackNation, Not Evil Just Wrong, and Mine Your Own Business, as well as The Search for Tristan's Mum and Return to Sender. She is married to fellow documentary-maker and journalist Phelim McAleer.
McElhinney was one of the directors and producers of FrackNation. FrackNation is a feature documentary which premiered in 2013, and aims to address alleged misinformation about the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. FrackNation was inspired by a confrontation between Josh Fox, the director of the 2010 documentary Gasland, and documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer. While Fox was promoting his film project McAleer confronted him about the historical records of people being able to ignite natural gas in water at "Burning Springs" long before fracking started. McAleer told the Los Angeles Times that Fox did not include that information in his film because he did not think it was relevant towards the current drilling impacts of certain areas.
Not Evil Just Wrong
Not Evil Just Wrong is a film McElhinney and McAleer directed and produced to challenge Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. It suggests that the evidence for human-caused global warming is inconclusive, and that the impact of suggested legislation for mitigating climate change would be much more harmful to humans than beneficial. The movie was filmed in 2008, and was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam[dead link] and at the Right Online conference in 2009.
Mine Your Own Business
Mine Your Own Business is a documentary funded by the Canadian Mining Company that looked at campaigns by foreign environmentalists against a large scale mining project in Romania that never came to fruition. The film looked at how the lives of the poor people in the area would have been affected if the mine had been built.
The Search for Tristan's Mum
McElhinney directed and co-produced "The Search for Tristan's Mum," which highlights the case of a toddler Tristan Dowse who was adopted by an Irish couple at birth—and then abandoned in an Indonesian orphanage two years later. It broadcast on RTÉ 1, the Irish state television station, in 2005. As part of the film project, McElhinney located Tristan's mother, and reunited her with her son.[dead link]
This film was selected to be part of Input 2006, a showcase for programs representing national public broadcasters from around the world, and was duly screened for industry professionals at the film festival that year in Taiwan in May.[dead link]
McElhinney has made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada), and RTE (Ireland). She has been a guest on Dennis Miller and the Randi Rhodes show. McElhinney has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the US, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda.
McElhinney is a popular speaker at conservative conferences. Her most recent appearance was at Right Online in Las Vegas, hosted by Americans for Prosperity, where she spoke out in reaction to Van Jones--who had made an appearance at Netroots Nation. She spoke at both the 2009, 2010, and 2012 Conservative Political Action Conferences. In 2009, a U.S. poll identified McElhinney and her husband, Phelim McAleer, as the most popular conservative speakers after broadcaster Rush Limbaugh and columnist Ann Coulter.
In October 2010, James Cameron donated $1 million to oppose California's Prop 23, which would have overturned AB 32—California's climate change legislation. In response to this donation, McElhinney and McAleer made an short film; it alleged that passage of AB 32 would increase Californians' energy costs, and suggested that Cameron, who'd been quoted as saying, "we are going to have to live with less," lives a more energy-extravagant life than most Americans. The Independent said that this attack advertisement might "be tapping a rich rhetorical vein", but "conveniently ignores the fact that Cameron pays to off-set his personal carbon emissions".
- LA Times, Pro-fracking movie gets $22K in two days on Kickstarter, 8 Feb. 2012
- McGee, Harry (15 November 2008). "Film-makers taking on our 'global warming hysteria'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- van Slooten, Johan (1 December 2008). "The truths and myths of global warming". Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- Weigel, David (18 August 2009). "RightOnline Attendees Soak Up Success". The Washington Independent. Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- "Balanced Education for Everyone". Archived from the original on 15 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.[dead link]
- Carroll, Rory (1 November 2006) "Mind Your Own Business". The Guardian
- "Gold industry recruits jobless Romanian miner to battle environmentalists" Daily Telegraph, 1 October 2006
- The Search for Tristan's Mum, RTE
- "Tristan and real mother are reunited", The Times, 4 September 2005
- "Esras Films". Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Ann McElhinney". Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- "Heartland Foundation". Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "Right Online Post-Game", Red State 28 July 2010
- "Donegal-born film-maker slams blockbuster 'Avatar'". Donagal Democrat, 9 March 2010
- Roosevelt, Margot (15 October 2010). "Prop. 23: Avatar's James Cameron kicks in $1 million". LA Times.
- McElhinney, Ann (20 October 2010). "New film reveals the hypocrisy of celebrity director/environmentalist James Cameron". Not Evil Just Wrong. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- Adams, Guy (24 October 2010). "James Cameron labeled climate change 'hypocrite'". The Independent.