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Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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April 24, 2011 , , , , , , , , , , ,

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill or more infamously known as the BP oil disaster in the gulf began with an explosion on the 20th of April 2010. And the oil kept gushing for three months until it was finally stopped on July 15th 2010 and on September 19, 2010, the federal government declared the well dead.

OIL’D By Chris Harmon

205 million gallons of oil was spilled in those  three months. As the first year anniversary was fast approaching, Chris became curious as to how much oil was 205 million gallons. If we did not spill it, what would we have used it for?  In a succinct thought provoking two minute short animation, he share his shocking finding. I knew we were oil dependent, but did not  realize how much. By his estimates we would have spent 205 million gallons of oil in just under 7 hours in the United States alone.

Thanks for making it Chris Harmon. Watching this short animation film got me thinking about all the long term impacts of the spill and I began researching for some other documentary films that have been made since the disaster struck.


“Stories from the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster,” produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and presented by Robert Redford. The BP oil disaster contaminated marshland and beaches from Texas to Florida, devastated wildlife, and shuttered much of the Gulf Coast economy. One year later, residents still struggle in the disaster’s wake, fearful that their way of life on the bayou may soon be lost along with their livelihoods as fisherman, oystermen, and shrimpers, tour guides, and restaurant owners. “Stories from the Gulf” is a riveting portrait of this way of life, built upon the water’s bounty, generations of tradition and a tight-knit sense of community. Source:

NRDC, StoryCorps and Bridge the Gulf recorded more than 60 forty-minute interviews about the BP oil disaster in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in October 2010. Visit for more info.

SAVING PELICAN 895, HBO documentary

More than 7000 birds died as a direct result of the oil spill. This documentary focusses on the rescue efforts to save birds that either swallowed oil or had their wings so badly matted that they could not fly. HBO had enlisted Irene Brodsky to find a story of an oiled bird and follow its rescue process. Irene followed the workers of the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Louisiana and their 895th Pelican gave them the “REAL NARRATIVE” so as to speak for a film. I suppose it had all the elements of a disney like film, a cute bird, the impossible struggle and of course there has to be triumph at the end. This is not to belittle the efforts of the workers who rescued more than 1200 and “bird 895” or the efforts of the filmmaker who probably had to jump through a million hoops to get access. The brown Pelican, the hero of the film just got of the endangered list in November 2009 not sure if the disaster puts them right back in… For more information visit HBO

BLACK AND BLUE: Beneath the Gulf Oil Disaster

A half-hour documentary exploring the work of Dr. Samantha Joye, University of Georgia marine science professor, as she documents and studies the impact of the BP oil blow out in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a very traditional, educational documentary showcasing the work of the scientists and researchers about dispersed oil in the ocean.


A short documentary by Christi Kuhn, about an indigenous shrimping community that has lived in Grand Bayou, Louisiana for a thousand years and are in critical danger of losing their land and their culture as a result of the oil disaster.

Old Energy (New Documentary of the BP oil Spill)

I have no other information about this movie except its trailer.

The oil spill was a media spectacle for those across the globe and those who lived far away from the gulf. We all watched it, some were very angry, some curtailed their oil use, some donated money but most of us went about living our lives as if this is not going to have an impact on our lives. And more importantly, we thought we cannot influence this disaster in any tangible way. Chris Harmon’s two minute movie, is a strong affirmation that we all can make a change. The oil spilled in the gulf, a massive disaster is still minute compared to the environmental catastrophe we are responsible for by our enormous consumption of oil and its non-destructible toxic derivatives like plastic!


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