Jim Tittle - "The Price of Sand"

Jim Tittle - "The Price of Sand"

Premiere date: Apr 25, 2014

“The Price of Sand” is a documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate. The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : “fracking”), has other uses– glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance — and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices. In addition to a bonanza for a few lucky landowners, the new mines promise jobs and economic stimulus for the small towns and rural areas nearby.

Biographies

Jim Tittle | Director

Jim Tittle is an artist/filmmaker from St. Paul, Minnesota.  He received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied studio art. After returning to the Twin Cities, he became involved in the local art scene, exhibiting his installations and photographs at galleries and museums.  In 1989, he co-founded No Name Gallery, (now known as The Soap Factory), which has evolved into the largest alternative art gallery in the region.

A growing interest in narrative motivated Jim to transition from still photography to filmmaking in the early '90s.   He has worked as a director of photography on a assorted independent film projects, and regularly produces video for corporations and non-profits.

Jim Tittle has received fellowships and awards for his art work from the Bush, Jerome and McKnight foundations, as well as the Minnesota State Arts Board.  His feature-length documentary film, "The Price of Sand", has been shown in five regional festivals and will be included in the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA in January, 2014.

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