NEW YORK — Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have launched the #DontFrackNY video contest in an effort to get New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking for gas in the state.
The contest is seeking submissions from the creative community in two categories: the best :30 second TV ad against fracking, and a short video (three minutes or less) educating people about the hazards of fracking. Ono and Lennon will both judge the entries and will select a winner from each category.
“We need the talent and power of creative people to show how dirty and dangerous fracking is,” Ono explains. “We need to shine a light on the blatant propaganda of the oil and gas companies.”
Ono and Lennon launched Artists Against Fracking in August. To date, the effort has more than 200 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo and Uma Thurman.
The winning video producers will be treated to lunch with both Ono and Lennon in New York City. In addition, the winning television ad will be broadcast in the New York City and Albany media markets.
Both the short video and the ad will be featured
onwww.artistsagainstfracking.com and www.causes.com, plus the Websites of numerous activist organizations.