Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  87 minutes
Date:  N/A
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Black Tide

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Filmmaker Joe Berlinger tracks the lives of Louisiana residents living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Black Tide

The rich Gulf waters off the coast of Louisiana provide 30% of the nation’s seafood, and harbor some of America’s richest oil reserves. Louisiana’s locals have survived on the region’s oil and fishing industries for generations. But on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven people.

In the weeks that follow, 200 million gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing Louisiana’s oil and seafood industries to a halt. Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger tracks the lives of Louisiana residents living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Floyd Lasseigne, a fourth generation waterman, can no longer fish the tainted gulf waters and his illiteracy leaves him few other options for employment. Al and Sal Sunseri, fifth generation oystermen, have not shucked a single oyster since the spill, and face the reality of shutting down their family business. -- filmembiente 2012 catalogue

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Distributor credits

Jay Heyman, Joe Berlinger, Jon Kamen, Robert Friedman, Justin Wilke

Joe Berlinger

Director - Joe Berlinger
Producer/2nd Unit Director - Jay Heyman
Editor- Gabriel Rhodes
Executive Producers- Jon Kamen, Robert Friedman, Justin Wilkes
Director of Photography - Bob Richman
Co-Executive Producer - Joe Berlinger

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Distributor subjects

Corporate Social Responsibility
Environmental Justice
Habitat Loss
Human Rights
Labour Studies
North American Studies
Oceans and Coasts
Public Health


Deepwater Horizon, Louisiana, oil spill, fishing, ocean, offshore drilling, oysters, Floyd Lasseigne, Al and Sal Sunseri, Labor Issues; "Black Tide"; Global Environmental Justice

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