Press and Awards
2010 Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft - Research, 31st annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards
les prix d’honneur, 8 th edition of International Environmental Film Festival, TUNISIA, Kairouan 2010
Award for Best Activism Film 2010 at the Vail Film Festival
Governor Richardson’s New Mexico/New Visions Award 2006
Governor Richardson’s New Mexico New Visions Award 2007
Best of Category, Land Use Issues Documentary - Montana CINE International Film Festival 2010
Creative Spirit Awards - Best Picture 2010
Green Screen-Environmental Impact Award for 2009 at the 540 Film Festival, presented to the film illustrating the most potential for environmental impact.
Clean Water Action - Florence Neilson Environmental Leadership Award 2010 to Bullfrog Films for Split Estate
Best of the Festival SFMUG Short Movie Festival, 2009 - Trailer
tv8Vail, Vail Film Festival News, Interview with Deb Anderson, April 2, 2010
Albuquerque Journal, Big Oil's the Boogeyman in 'Split', By Phil Parker, Friday, December 04, 2009
Durango Herald News, Two films at Fort Lewis College to highlight issues in energy industry, by Dale Rodebaugh, Thursday, November 12, 2009
Longmont Ledger, Frack attack: Controversial oil extraction technique being used in Longmont area, November 12, 2009, By Mark Collins
Planet Green, Did Split Estate Cause An Oil Representative to Resign? , Rachel Cernansky, October 23, 2009
The Denver Post, Greene: Colorado gas industry shill's claim of swigging fracking fluid hard to swallow, By Susan Greene, October 20,2009
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Hall explains decision on energy job, October 22, 2009, "Hall said her resignation has nothing to do with her appearance in a recently released documentary, “Split Estate,” which takes a critical look at the oil and gas industry in Garfield County and New Mexico."
The Colorado Independent, Did COGA’s Kathy Hall call it quits over ‘fracking fluid in my mouth’ comment?, October 20, 2009
Colorado Energy News, Natural Gas Production Sparks New Outcry, October 19th, 2009, "Part of that scrutiny is being fueled by an alarming new documentary on the exploration and production industry in Garfield County. Titled “Split Estate” '
The Santa Fe New Mexican, Coming to your TV: Petro-drama-plus, October 22, 2009
KSFR Radio, Bill Dupuy, Film "Split Estate" by Santa Fean hits the tube (Podcast), October 21, 2009
The Santa Fean, The City Different, Bitter Extract, November/December
Grand Junction Sentinel, 'Split Estate’ is a must-see film for Western Slope residents, October 19, 2009
The Colorado Independent, Huge plumes of heat-trapping methane wasted in gas drilling, infrared reveals, By David O. Williams 10/15/09
Huffington Post, Natural Gas Documentary Affects Garfield County Commissioners On Federal Legislation (VIDEO), October 13, 2009
The Colorado Independent, GarCo commissioners delay FRAC Act decision after viewing anti-drilling film, 'Split Estate' chronicles clash between landowners and oil-and-gas extractors, By David O. Williams 10/13/09
The Huffington Post, Denver, WATCH: Documentary Affects Decision-Makers On Natural Gas, October 13, 2009
Big Green Boulder, Daily Camera.com, What the frack? Oil and gas extraction methods in Colorado get scrutinized, October 15, 2009
Aspen Daily News, Film shines spotlight on GarCo gas battles, by David Frey, Monday, October 12, 2009
The Aspen Daily Times, John Colson: Hit and Run, ‘Split Estate:' See the film, decide for yourself, John Colson, October 11, 2009
Telluride Daily Planet, ‘Split Estate’ shows Thursday, library, ‘Fracking’ can leave harmful chemicals in water supply, activists say
By BEN FORNELL, October 14, 2009
Grand Junction Free Press, Documentary explores effects of gas industry in Colo., Free screening of ‘Split Estate' tonight at Mesa State
By Sharon Sullivan, October 14, 2009
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Drilling documentary tells landowners' side, By DENNIS WEBB, Monday, October 12, 2009
Common Dreams.org, A Look at Fracking: Documentary Explores Environmental Consequences of Gas Extraction Method. by Mark Collins, Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Boulder Daily Camera, A look at fracking: Documentary explores environmental consequences of gas extraction method. October 12, 2009, By Mark Collins
The River Reporter, Split Estate in unconventional venues, Documentary depicts dirty side of 'clean alternative', October 8,2009
The Colorado Independent, GarCo commissioners get special screening of gas-drilling film 'Split Estate',Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Valley Journal, 'Split Estate' Screened locally, Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 'Split Estate' gets three showings in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs next week,Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Glenwood Springs Post Independent - Frac'ing discussion gets heated at Garfield County commission meeting, Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - Debate over fracking bill heats up, Monday, September 14, 2009
The Colorado Independent - GarCo commissioners put off FRAC Act resolution, September 15, 2009
Split Estate featured on Democracy Now!, Fracking and the Environment: Natural Gas Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Contamination - Sept 3, 2009 A great interview with ProPublica journalist Abrahm Lustgarten
Community Peace Radio, Las Vegas, New Mexico, "Split Estate" (new documentary); Oil and Gas Industry (special 1.5 hour show), September 12, 2009
Split Estate Joins Stellar Line-up in Planet Green’s New Documentary Film Series
Split Estate, the story of a David versus Goliath struggle raging in the West, will air as a World Television Premier on October 17 as part of the Reel Impact series on Planet Green, a network of Discovery Communications. Reel Impact is the new Saturday night documentary block, which premieres on Planet Green on September 12th.
Split Estate will premiere at IDA’s 13th Annual DocuWeeks Theatrical Documentary Showcase in New York City and Los Angeles, August 7 – 13, 2009. DocuWeeks™ helps to qualify outstanding new feature and short documentaries for Academy Award® consideration, by providing its participants with a seven-day commercial theatrical run in Los Angeles County and in the Borough of Manhattan.
Split Estate selected to participate in the Good Pitch at the SILVERDOCS Film Festival in Washington D.C.
May 1, 2009
Split Estate is one of only 8 projects selected for the Good Pitch at the SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in June 2009. The selection process was extremely competitive, with over 300 projects being submitted.
The Good Pitch will take place over 2 sessions on Tuesday June 16. The SILVERDOCS Festival in Washington D.C. is called the ‘“pre-eminent US documentary fest” by Screen International, and the “premier showcase for documentary films” by the Hollywood Reporter. It is an internationally recognized film festival that celebrates independent thinking and generates global media attention. Anchored in the National Capital Region, where important global and national issues are the daily business, SILVERDOCS is marked by its relevance, broad intellectual range, and wide public appeal.
A partnership between the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, the Good Pitch is a unique opportunity for a selected group of filmmakers to pitch both their film and its associated outreach campaign to an invited audience of participants, comprising foundations, NGOs, campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media in order to maximize its impact.
Split Estate lands MASS MoCA ‘Working Films’ Residency
February 20, 2009
Santa Fe filmmaker Debra Anderson has been accepted into the Content + Intent Documentary Residency at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art) in North Adams, Massachusetts for her documentary film Split Estate.
Mass MoCA is recognized as one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time, presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging. In that spirit of innovation, Anderson was selected from more than 65 up-and-coming non-fiction filmmakers to attend the highly coveted residency (March 11 - 15, 2009), hosted by MASS MoCA in collaboration with Working Films.
Working Films advances social, economic, environmental and racial justice by linking independent non-fiction media to activism. Founded by Judith Helfand, director of the award-winning "toxic comedies" Blue Vinyl and Everything Is Cool, this national nonprofit organization brings together the best, brightest and most committed independent documentary filmmakers and links their work with innovative organizers and educators.
The Content + Intent Documentary Institute is an interactive, five-day workshop for documentary filmmakers and film students designed to ensure that their films-in-progress have deep and meaningful community engagement and impact. This residency workshop runs concurrently with a celebratory film festival at MASS MoCA. A number of screenings are both national and regional premieres.
Governor Richardson announces “New Visions/New Mexico”
November 19, 2007
Eleven New Mexico-based film/media projects receive Contract Awards
SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today announced the recipients of the 2007 New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards. In its second year, the program is providing eleven contracts for New Mexico-based producers and directors to create narrative films, documentaries, animated and experimental works.
“I’m pleased to continue our commitment to our home-grown film talent,” said Governor Richardson. “As shown by last year’s initiative, the state will benefit from the jobs, training, and education these projects provide.”
Governor Richardson announces
“New Visions/New Mexico” Contract Awardees
December 14, 2006
Twelve New Mexico-based film/media projects receive Contract Awards
SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today announced the recipients of the New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards. In its inaugural year, the program is providing twelve contracts for New Mexico-based producers and directors to create narrative films, documentaries, animation and experimental works.
“Local filmmakers are critical to the continued success of this business in the state. The New Visions program is the next step in our long-term strategy to establish a strong production and training base,” said Eric Witt, the governor’s Director of Media Industries Development. “The awards not only enable the telling of many incredible stories, they also support our home talent and engage them in the ongoing expansion of a statewide film and media community.”
Film Office Director Lisa Strout acknowledged the 230 entrants who submitted proposals, noting the high quality projects taking place throughout the state.