Pittsburgh native Trish Adlesic is the producer of the 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary (Feature), Gasland. Written and directed by Jason Fox, Gasland focuses on communities in the U.S. impacted by natural gas drilling, specifically the method known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Adlesic is of Slovenian descent on her father’s side and Irish on her mother’s, who traces her roots to Dublin and Cork.
Trish also served as a location manager for many movies including Finding Forrester, In America, and The Basketball Diaries. From 1999 to 2010, she served as the location manager for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In addition to In America, Adlesic also worked with the Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan as a production manager for Get Rich or Die Tryin’. She recalled to Irish America that the first time she saw Sheridan’s My Left Foot, she thought “what a dream it would be for me to work with an Irish filmmaker and how proud my mother would be, and it came true. She is very proud. My Irish side stems from my mother, Mary, who instilled the power of possibility, strength and compassion in me. She told me to never give up on the truth and to always follow my convictions, which I have done in producing Gasland.”