A Series of 2 Programs
Louisiana Water Stories
Hard-hitting 2-part series on the fragile state of Louisiana's wetlands making the coastline even more vulnerable to hurricanes like Katrina and explosions like Deepwater Horizon.
Directed by Jon Bowermaster
Produced by Oceans 8 Films
Editor: Chris Cavanagh
Writers: Jon Bowermaster, Chris Cavanagh
Director of Photography: Brian C Miller Richard
Original Music: Sonny Landreth, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars
In this 2-part series Jon Bowermaster looks at the ecology of Louisiana's coastal wetlands which suffered devastating blows from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon explosion. 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 the activity of the oil and gas industry, which has historically held a stranglehold on the state's politics.
"A great crash course that deftly addresses the ecological, economic and social issues facing Louisiana." David Burley, Asst. Professor of Sociology, Southeastern Louisiana University
The titles in this series are:
SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories - Investigates how the exploitation of Southern Louisiana's abundant natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture, multiplying the devastating impact of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina.
After the Spill - The oil and gas industry has historically dominated Louisiana politics and is largely responsible for the state's rapidly disappearing coastline.
Grade Level: 7 - 9, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2016
Copyright Date: 2016
"This is a superb treatment of how the oil and gas industry threatens not just a way of life in southern Louisiana but life itself. Water is the centerpiece of cultural and ecological health in and around New Orleans and it is being ruined, slowly, by neglect and greed. SoLa should be a wakeup call for the country."
Lee Clarke, Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, Author, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination
"SoLa is the most comprehensive film on southern Louisiana that I have seen. It is a great crash course that deftly addresses the ecological, economic and social issues facing Louisiana. Not only does the film point out Louisiana's importance to the rest of the nation but every part of our nation faces some manifestation of these issues. It should be a wake up call for us to stop looking to corporations to cease doing the wrong thing or trying to regulate them into doing the right thing."
David Burley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Author, Losing Ground: Identity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana
"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
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Awards and Festivals
Chris Statuette, Columbus International Film + Video Festival
Best of Festival, CMS Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival and Forum
Woodstock Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
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