Promised Land follows two petroleum landmen who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from the local residents. 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.
Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (played by 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 to object to fracking and environmental damage, the personal and professional stakes rise to the boiling point.
Join us for free environmental film screenings at the Watershed Center every first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. Screenings include a variety of topics and film styles including documentaries and major motion pictures. Enjoy free, local, organic popcorn at the show and spend some time on the beautiful Watershed Reserve before and after the movie. Stick around for occasional environmental speakers accompanying some in-depth topics, answering questions, and expanding on the work of the filmmakers. Registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome!
Released 2013| Runtime: 1hour, 46 min.