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Damon, Krasinski & Van Sant's Fracking Drama 'Promised Land' Hits Theaters December 28 for Oscar-Qualifying Run

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by Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
August 23, 2012 5:05 PM
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Mr. Damon plays Steve Butler, a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Ms. McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Mr. Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Mr. Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

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  • Jay | December 3, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    This report from @ReutersTV: (Damon's character is a "Land Man." )

    Amid fracking boom, unlicensed middlemen often closing the deals - Reuters Investigates

    Drilling companies are hiring and dispatching brokers to cut deals with local land owners for their mineral rights. The mission of these so-called "land men": Close the deal quickly. Reuters traveled to Carroll County, Ohio, to find out more about this unregulated aspect of the hydraulic fracturing boom. (Oct. 2, 2012)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SyvK1A1Io8

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