Josh Fox is best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director/narrator of Gasland Parts I and II. He is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development. His film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, won the Environmental Advocacy Award at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, premiered in select theatres in April and was released on HBO in June 2016. His feature Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock was released on NETFLIX. Josh Fox made fracking a household word with his debut documentary Gasland which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the 2010 Special Jury Prize for Documentary. In June of 2010, it premiered on HBO to an audience of 4 million homes and was also viewed by over 250,000 audience members during a subsequent 250 city grassroots tour. The film was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary and won a 2011 Emmy for Best Non-Fiction Director among numerous other awards. Gasland Part II premiered on HBO July 8th, 2013, and won the 2013 Environmental Media Association award for Best Documentary, Best Film at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and was given the Hell Yeah Prize from Cinema Eye Honors. Fox continued to tour to another 100,000 audience members throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015 in USA, Australia, and Europe.
2016 marked Fox’s most popular year: a breakout hit film, a substantial role as a surrogate in the Bernie Sanders campaign, an appointment as a platform committee member and spokesperson, and the release of two extremely popular online short-video series featuring Fox with NOW THIS that garnered over 60 million views. International WOW toured How to Let Go to over 100 cities and towns as part of the inaugural Climate Revolution tour. The film is on HBONOW where it continues to enjoy robust viewership. Fox’s short series based on the film Climate Interruptions debuted on the viral video outlet NOW THIS and garnered over 15 million views on Facebook over the span of just 9 weeks. Fox spent a large part of fall and winter 2016 at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation observing the Native-led resistance to the famed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which captured national and global attention. His on-the-ground reporting for NOW THIS, Rolling Stone and the Daily Beast resulted in five written pieces and eight viral videos that garnered over 45 million views online. The culmination of Fox’s work at Standing Rock has resulted in the third and final film of the Gasland trilogy, How to Let Go of The World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.
Just as How to Let Go features a diverse range of subjects – African Americans in New York City, Samoans, Indigenous groups in the Amazon, Asians and South Pacific Islanders – Fox and collaborators developed Climate Revolution as a response to the alarm sounded by climate change, led by the diverse and myriad groups of people who have already been impacted and see the need for a massive paradigm shift in our politics, our economy and our entire approach to energy generation and understanding of equally distributed justice. Throughout 2016 Climate Revolution rallies drew thousands. In coordination with actors such as Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, Frances Fisher and Danny Glover, along with noted political figures including Nina Turner, Ben Jealous, musicians including Nahko and Medicine for the People, Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio) and activists from across the country, Fox launched the rallies to continue the momentum of the Bernie Sanders campaign. The inaugural Climate Revolution took place in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Committee, just outside of the city in the community of Germantown. The estimated 3,000 rally goers were treated to a combination of local and national musicians as well as talks by actors Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Shailene Woodley, along with numerous nationally renowned activists and organizers. Based on the success of the Philadelphia Climate Revolution, the convening went for a brief tour that included stops in New York City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Nearly 12,000 people, students, and community members were in attendance for Climate Revolution convening thus far. Fox is touring this year with the new live solo performance project, The Truth Has Changed, which will be filmed for release in 2019.
International WOW Company is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Josh Fox and a diverse group of international artists. International WOW Company is a film, theatre and civic engagement company made up of filmmakers, theater-makers, writers, activists, actors, and artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, who collaborate to create new work that addresses current international social, environmental and political crises. The company was founded to create new socially conscious work and also, importantly, to engage with its audience to foster activism and participation in the political process. Over the company’s twenty-one-year history, International WOW Company has been a significant cultural and activist force producing hard-hitting progressive films, theatre productions, engagement tours and educational initiatives that have been seen by over 50 million people on six continents, activating millions for political change. From the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Gasland series, to the Climate Revolution and Fracking Engagement tours attended by hundreds of thousands, to live events like the Solutions Grassroots tour and groundbreaking Drama Desk-nominated theatre events like Surrender and The Bomb, International WOW Company has consistently pushed the boundaries of art and activism resulting in a significant impact on environmental laws, regulations and cultural perspectives. Josh Fox is the company’s Artistic Director and is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking, frontline resistance, and extreme energy development.
Ron Russell (Co-Director) has co-founded four theatres that still produce today: the nationally-acclaimed Summer Theatre Enrichment Project at El Centro in Lorain, OH (1992); Swine Palace Productions in Louisiana, while receiving his MFA-Directing from the RSC’s Barry Kyle (1992-1994); UBI Rep Theatre in San Diego (1995); and Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2001. With Epic, where he is Executive Director, he has directed 16 Off-Broadway productions, including World Premieres of Kate Fodor’s Hannah and Martin and Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Richard Iii: Born With Teeth. In other public performances for Epic, he co-adapted and directed a touring Antigone (OBIE Award) and Ibsen’s Pillars Of Society (International Ibsen Award, 2011), as well as touring productions of Keith Josef Adkins’ Sugar And Needles and Dominique Morisseau’s Mend. He has also designed sound for award-winning productions of Nilaja Sun’s No Child… (OBIE Award) and Judith Thompson’s Palace Of The End. His teaching experience includes over 50 public schools, reaching over 18,000 youth, and his work as an educator in NYC has been recognized by citations from the Municipal Arts Society and Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg. Ron and Josh began working together while at Oberlin College.
Morgan Jenness (Dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg based in New York City. For over 10 years, Jenness worked at the Public Theater, under both George C.Wolfe and Joseph Papp in roles ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer of the NY Shakespeare Festival. They were also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects. They have participated as a visiting artist and adjunct in playwriting programs at a number of colleges and universities, and are currently on the faculty at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Pace University and Columbia University. Jenness received an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights, the G. E. Lessing Award for Career Achievement, and a prestigious Doris Duke Impact Award, among other honors. Currently is Creative Director at In This Distracted Globe Consultancy.
International WOW Company Presents
THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED
A Live Performance Documentary
Written and Performed by Josh Fox
Directed by Ron Russell and Josh Fox
Featuring Music by Alex Ebert
Dramaturgy by Morgan Jenness
Lighting Design by Evan Spigelman
Sound Engineering by Jimin Brelsford
Executive Producers Tom Dinwoodie and Diana Meservey
THE TRUTH HAS CHANGED traces the arc of misinformation and propaganda in America from 9/11 to Trump. As a reporter and eyewitness on the frontlines of so many of the key moments that have changed this country and changed the world Josh Fox has many stories to tell. From 9/11 and the Iraq war, to the advent of fracking and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to Hurricane Sandy, to the relentless smear campaigns against climate scientists, to the fight for 100% renewable energy, to the 2016 presidential campaign, to his role as a Bernie Sanders surrogate, then a Hillary Clinton campaigner, to Standing Rock, Josh has had a front row seat to history unfolding.
Stage: Proscenium / Blackbox
Traveling Personnel: 3-5
Running time: 80 minutes