Josh Fox

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Josh Fox
Josh Fox TED.jpg
Fox giving a talk in West Vancouver, British Columbia
Born 1972
Milanville, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Documentary filmmaker, environmental activist
Known for Gasland (2010)

Josh Fox (born 1972) is an American film director, play writer and environmental activist, best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary, Gasland. He followed that up with the HBO production of Gasland Part II, which premiered on July 8, 2013 and was released on DVD on January 14, 2014.[1] He is one of the most prominent public opponents of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.[2] He also is the founder and artistic director of a film and theater company in New York City called the International WOW Company.

Personal life[edit]

Josh was born in 1972 and lived in Milanville, Pennsylvania. He attended Columbia University and graduated in 1995 and presumably majored in Theater.[3] In 2008, Josh campaigned for Barack Obama’s presidential run and soon after, Josh’s family was offered $100,000 in order to allow a natural gas fracking company to use his land in northern Pennsylvania. Curious of the situation, Josh set out to learn more about the fracking industry. After learning the truth behind some of the natural gas company's false positive claims, Josh went on a mission to uncover them further, crossing the country visiting other fracking areas and seeing their drinking water conditions, birthing Josh’s anti-fracking activism.[4]


In 2008, Josh Fox directed his first narrative feature film Memorial Day. The film covered the issue of American party culture as it clashed with a war torn Abu Ghraib.[5] In 2010, Josh wrote, directed, and produced Gasland, and released it at the Sundance Film Festival. The film had successful criticism and was nominated for multiple awards. He later produced a successor to Gasland which was HBO special Gasland Part II, which aired July 2013 and was released on DVD in January 2014.[6] In addition to his work as a film director, Fox wrote over 30 plays and has created the International WOW Company. He has premiered plays in eight countries with a network of over 100 diverse actors, dancers, musicians, technical artists, and visual artists.[7]

On October 1, 2015 Josh Fox's mini-documentary GasWork debuted on All In with Chris Hayes, which detailed the deadly unsafe working conditions in the hydraulic fracturing oil and gas drilling industry. [1]


Josh Fox is well known for his opposition of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. When he isn’t directing or producing, he spends most of his time in Washington D.C. lobbying on behalf of the anti-fracking movement. He is specifically active against the gas industry’s exploitation of loopholes in the Clean Water act and the Superfund Act.[8]

In February 2012 he was arrested during a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on hydraulic fracturing when he attempted to videotape the proceedings.[9][10]


Memorial Day (2008) - directed

Gasland (2010) – directed, wrote, produced

Gasland Part II (2013) – directed, wrote, produced

Awards And nominations[edit]


For his filmmaking, Josh Fox’s film Gasland was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as nominated for four Emmy’s, including Best Documentary, Best Writing, and Best Cinematography, and won the Emmy for Best Directing. It was awarded the Sundance Film Festival’s 2010 Special Jury Prize for Documentary. It was also nominated for Best Documentary Screenplay by the WGA and was awarded the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary.[6]

Activism and playwriting[edit]

Josh fox was awarded the 2010 Lennon Ono Grant for Peace by Yoko Ono.[6] For his playwriting, Josh has received five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, five MAP Fund Grants, a Drama Desk Nomination, and an Otto Award, among others.[7]

Street naming[edit]

Josh Fox now has a street named after him in France. Inaugurated the 29 May 2014 in Aujac, in the south of France. A region where the French anti-shale-gas movement was born.[11]


In the opening to Gasland, Fox refers to the 19.5 acres in Milanville, PA as “my land”. Supporters of fracking in the area of Pennsylvania where Fox lived questioned whether he was really a local of the area. They claimed that he and his family were New Yorkers and used the property as a weekend retreat. The Wayne County Bureau of Elections stated that Fox registered to vote in Milanville in December 2002. In discussions and e-mail conversations, Fox proclaimed that he grew up in both areas. Fox made it clear that "Milanville is the only consistent home I've had my whole life" and he called the property "the centering point of my life." Fox does not feel he tried to hide his New York roots, because during most of the filming of Gasland he wore his New York Yankees cap.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Bauers, Sandy (2011). "A raucous anti-fracking rally in Center City". Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Josh Fox". WNYC. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  5. ^ Lee, Nathan (2009-02-03). "In Josh Fox’s Feature Film Debut, Revelers on Holiday Wake Up in a War Zone". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gasland". Gasland. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  7. ^ a b "International WOW Company". Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  8. ^ "The Fight Over Fracking". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  9. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (2012-02-01). "Josh Fox, director of Gasland, arrested at fracking hearing". The Guardian (London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Banerjee, Neela (2012-02-01). "'Gasland' director Fox arrested filming House subcommittee". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles: Tribune Co). ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Inauguration d’une rue au nom d’un combattant contre le gaz de schiste". 2014. 
  12. ^ Greenwire, Mike Soraghan Of (2011-02-24). "Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee 'Gasland'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 

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