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Exposed: New Documentary About Gas Drilling Hailed as Indie and Balanced, But Here's Why It's Neither

"Haynesville" is making the indie film circuit, but its director is actually an oil and gas man in disguise.

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Its website says Phillips possesses "mineral holdings in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico, California, Montana, North Dakota, and Michigan," and that it is "actively seeking interests in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado."

Phillips, according to the Company Overview, maintains a partnership with EnCap Investments, L.P. EnCap, according to its  website, is the "leading provider of private equity to the independent sector of the U.S. oil & gas industry. The firm has raised 15 institutional oil and gas investment funds totaling approximately $11 billion and currently manages capital on behalf of over 200 U.S. and International investors."

Both Phillips Energy Partners website and Haynesville's website were created by the same man, David Eleuterius.

Phillips Energy Partners' office and the Caddo Management, Inc. office sit roughly two blocks apart from one another.

The Movie's Promotional and "Educational" Tour

When Gregory Kallenberg goes on tour with the film, he does not reveal that he is an oil and natural gas man, and that he comes from a family with deep historical industry roots. Instead, he portrays himself as an "independent filmmaker" who cannot believe the success his film has had thus far.

A June 2009 article in the Shreveport Times about  Haynesville describes the film as "lean-and-mean," "locally funded," and an "indie" documentary.

Producer Mark Bullard described the film as "a small, independently produced documentary with big aspirations," in a press release.

That press release also stated that Three Penny Productions "is an independent production company specializing in small to medium budget documentary and narrative works with extraordinarily high production value and amazing content." It said that Three Penny Productions maintains studios in Texas and New York, in addition to their Louisiana office.

A December 2009 Houston Chronicle interview of Gregory Kallenberg introduces the interview by saying, "Gregory Kallenberg was sitting in a Shreveport diner early last year the first time he heard about the massive Haynesville natural gas find from a fellow patron. 'It was like the crazy miner who comes in from the hills saying he has found gold,' said Kallenberg."

In that same interview, he said, "My background is journalism, and being a journalist I was always taught to present things in a balanced way and let the reader pick through the facts and decide what they thought about the story. I approached this film in the very same way."

He also said in that interview, "I was very careful to do this as an independent project with no industry money."

The quotes in this Houston Chronicle interview, based on his oil and natural gas industry ties, could not be further from the truth. He did not need to hunt for "industry money" because he is in the industry; nor was the Haynesville Shale something he randomly stumbled upon one day while sitting in a cafe.

Kallenberg Promotes His Own Natural Gas Interests Through the Film Tour

The main premise of Haynesville is double-tiered.

First, it portrays, through the tale of three individuals, how the people living in the Haynesville Shale region have been economically uplifted thanks to the sale of their mineral rights to natural gas corporations. "60 Minutes" referred to this process as people becoming " Shaleionaires," while a more critical documentary referred to it as citizens possessing a "split estate."

Second, it talks about shale gas utilization as a "bridge fuel" toward greener alternative energy sources.

Important to note is the primary focus on the film, not on how many jobs the natural gas industry has created, but instead, how much money it has earned the citizens on whose land natural gas drilling has occurred, with regards to their minerals being purchased by natural gas corporations -- think Phillips Energy Partners, a mineral rights' purchasing organization.

 
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