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See ‘Promised Land’ This Weekend with UUs!

“Promised Land” is hitting theatres nationwide this weekend, and we are proud to say that our friends & family helped make this film possible!

Be part of the national dialog on energy policy, hydraulic fracturing and the way it is impacting communities all across the country! Join us in watching this Oscar-nominated film, directed by Gus Van Sant (Goodwill Hunting), this Saturday at the Regal Cobblestone Square 20 Theatre Complex in Elyria, Ohio.
We will be attending the 1:50pm matinee showing ($7.50/ticket) & will probably go have coffee somewhere after for discussion and fellowship.

“Promised Land” Story Line (Running Time: 1hr 46min):
Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Francis 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 (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

We hope to see you! However, if you are unable to attend, please visit https://eriecountyuu.com/ and check out our FACT & UUJO page to read more about our environmental/social justice initiatives & raising fracking awareness through our faith-based network of communities. We meet every Sunday, September through May – Connect with us on Facebook & Twitter (@eriecountyuu)!

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Promised Land in Select Theatres – Dec. 28, 2012

With our congregation’s participation in  FaCT – Faith Communities Together (for Frac Awareness) and with previous talks from community members on fracking & the energy crisis, we were excited to learn that the son of our Board Chairman Bill & his wife Jayne (Social Justice Chair) was an important part of the crew for the upcoming feature film, Promised Land, produced by John Krasinsky (The Office) & Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) who also star in the movie. Bill & Jayne’s son, Chad Djubek, was the boom operator, recording sound for the film.

“In Promised Land, Matt Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Gus Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley’s 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 and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated – professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates (Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook) and personally by Steve’s encounter with Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt). When Dustin Noble (John Krasinski), a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.” – Taken from the official website.

View the trailer below, visit the website & plan on seeing it in select theatres starting Dec. 28!