Louisiana Water Stories Series
After the Spill
Louisiana Water Stories Part II
The oil and gas industry has historically dominated Louisiana politics and is largely responsible for the state's rapidly disappearing coastline.
Directed by Jon Bowermaster
Produced by Oceans 8 Films
Editor: Chris Cavanagh
Writers: Jon Bowermaster, Chris Cavanagh
Director of Photography: Brian C Miller Richard
Narrator: Melissa Leo
Original Music: Sonny Landreth
[Note: Community screenings of AFTER THE SPILL can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.]
"Relevant, insightful, and infuriating." Daniel McCool, Prof. Political Science, University of Utah
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast of Louisiana. Five years later the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecologic disaster in North American history. Amazingly those aren't the worst things facing Louisiana's coastline today. It is that the state is fast disappearing through coastal erosion caused largely by oil and gas industry activity.
A follow-up to our 2010 film SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories, this film introduces us to some of the spill's most aggrieved victims as well as those who are desperately trying to save its coastline. Writer and historian John Barry who launched a suit against 97 oil and gas companies attempting to get them to pay their fair share for reparations caused by their explorations. Consultant and native son James Carville who manages to find some hope in new technologies that may save the coast. And Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, the man who saved New Orleans post-Katrina, whose new passion is for a Green Army he has recruited.
Fishermen, scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and oil-rig workers document how the coast of Louisiana has changed. What really happened to all that oil? What about the dispersant used to push it beneath the surface? How has the spill impacted local economies as well as human health and the health of both marine life and the Gulf itself? How much resilience is left in the people and coastline?
Grade Level: 7 -12, Colleges, Adults
US Release Date: 2016
Copyright Date: 2015
DVD ISBN: 1-941545-67-X
"After the Spill documents the enormous price that society pays for its addiction to oil. This price is not paid equally by everyone; the people of coastal Louisiana know this all too well...If you care about environmental justice, our seafood, our dependence on oil, and the quality of our air and water, you will find this film relevant, insightful, and infuriating."
Daniel McCool, Professor of Political Science, University of Utah, Author of 'River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers'
"Searing...Images speak louder than words...Powerful."
Donald Liebenson, Booklist
"A balanced and quality educational film...As one who lived through Deepwater Horizon and has studied its effects, this film should be mandatory to all natural resource managers, federal regulatory agencies, and politicians who push for more offshore oil/gas development in areas in reach of sensitive wetland resources that drive economic and cultural prosperity and those coastal communities that depend on these vital coastal resources."
Dr. Mark Peterson, Professor of Coastal Studies, University of Southern Mississippi, Co-author, Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on Marine Habitats and Fisheries in North America
"Highly Recommended...The film works to refute the usual argument that Louisiana can't afford to hurt oil companies because the state makes its living from their activities, no matter how dangerous or destructive. The industry frames the issue as jobs versus the environment, but safety and profits are not mutually exclusive. Carville suggests Louisiana can even profit by developing and selling technology to manage water and wetlands soundly."
Jim Hobbs, Educational Media Reviews Online
"Powerful interviews...This film hits hard...Compelling documentary successfully sheds light on mankind's relationship with water and our fragile environment and would spark discussions on economics, ecology, and environmental disasters in STEM classes."
Stephanie Bange, School Library Journal
"On the eve of a new presidential administration that threatens to roll back regulations and environmental protections, After the Spill is a timely reminder of what can happen when pecuniary interest trumps justice or plain common sense...Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, anthropology of oil, anthropology of social justice, and American studies, as well as for general audiences."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database
"After the Spill demonstrates how far reaching and damaging the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, as well as the natural gas and oil extraction industries, have been...If the on-going catastrophe in the Gulf seems distant and abstract, watching After the Spill will bring the oil spill story 'home' for viewers and call them to take action."
Dr. Lisa Eargle, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Francis Marion University, Co-editor, Black Beaches And Bayous: The BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster
"This documentary stars the people affected by not only the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but decades of natural and mad-made environmental degradation. After The Spill is a lesson in Civics, Economics, History, and Anthropology demonstrating the imbalance in economic prosperity of our citizens and the continued degradation of the environment they live in."
Christopher Green, Associate Professor of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Co-author, Impacts of Oil Spill Disasters on Marine Habitats and Fisheries in North America
"For them, the disaster is not over...Meanwhile, offshore drilling activity has actually expanded, while Louisiana's shoreline is losing an acre of land per day owing to frequent petroleum exploration or digging for pipelines. Louisiana and its people got hit with a double whammy."
David Conn, Library Journal
"Like Afghanistan, Louisiana is so rich it starves...Louisiana, like California, dies of water and power...You couldn't say that this informative and very disturbing film ends when it finishes, only that the images have stopped. You may also wish that tragedy, seal of chance and the bait of all gamblers, might recall that the land grew up hard."
Martin Billheimer, CounterPunch
"Highly Recommended...Walk around the marshes; poke the sand and watch the oil sludge ooze...Visit with fishermen who are no longer profitable, economically and socially devastated families and businesses, and scientists who testified how the region's biota changed. After the Spill: Part II did."
William E. Roweton, Science Books and Films
|DVDs include public performance rights.
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
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Awards and Festivals
Science Books and Films Best Films List 2017
Award of Excellence, Impact DOCS Awards
Environmental Flm Festival in the Nation's Capital
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Louisiana International Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival
Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
Citizenship and Civics
Climate Change/Global Warming
Oceans and Coasts
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