May 31st, 2010
On April 20th, 2010 a Deepwater Horizon and BP oil rig exploded off the southeast coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking what became the worse man-made environmental catastrophe in American history. The unfathomable amount of leaked oil far exceeded the Exxon Valdez spill, which ravaged Alaska’s Prince William Sound in March of 1989, at the time causing the largest oil spill our nation had ever seen.
The formation of our production company served the immediate purpose of producing a film that strives to document the effects of the spill and the way in which BP and the United States Government has responded to it.
Two decades ago, the Exxon Valdez spilled left the shores of Cordova, Alaska stained black with oil. One of our nation’s most pristine and naturally vibrant ecosystems, Prince William Sound was devastated. The spill attached the sound’s wildlife but it’s effects reached far beyond the waters in which it took place. The livelihoods of entire communities were forever changed and many have not recovered to this day. Despite this unspeakable disaster, BP and our nation have allowed another oil crisis to occur, this time on an unconscionable scale. Regardless of the details of who and what and why, one thing is clear; this negligence can not continue. Our hope is that the film that we produce can help educate and inform the public and serve to inspire change, in action and in mind, in the way that we interact with our environment.
November 11th, 2010
Our crew spent over five months shooting throughout the Gulf of Mexico, exploring the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the April, 2010 British Petroleum oil spill. In our time there we’ve found that while the spill itself was possibly the worst man made environmental disaster in North American history, it was what followed that was the true crime. Throughout our time in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida it was impossible to ignore the public outcry for increased efforts. Just as evident was BP and the U.S. government’s general neglect of such outcry. Why was BP allowed to run the clean up of the spill that they allowed to happen? Why were governmental agencies like NOAA less stringent with their scientific data than independent researchers from all over the country? These are just some of the questions we’ve been asking and topics we’ve been exploring.