March 18 – 29
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Run Time: 94 minutes
In April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off a chain of events that has ruined the tourist-heavy, natural ecosystem of the Gulf Coast. Millions of barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf waters every day for weeks and BP, the company in charge of the drilling, pledged to clean up the mess and make right what their negligence did wrong. Now, nearly two years later, our televisions are inundated with commercials from BP claiming "the beaches are open" and all is well in tourism and industry. DIRTY ENERGY is a documentary that sets out to tell the untold story of the disastrous effects the Deepwater explosion had, and is still having, on the economy and people of the Gulf Coast. Fishing industry destroyed, people dying from the effects of the clean-up—this is the film BP doesn't want you to see. After Hurricane Katrina, the region may have felt like it could survive anything. But DIRTY ENERGY provides the reality that sometimes Mother Nature is no match for the reckless, on-going destruction of corporate greed. As the film asks, "Is this the beginning, or the end?" – T.W.
Bryan D. Hopkins
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Bryan D. Hopkins is an Ohio-born filmmaker who left his Cleveland-area home to enlist as a parachute medic in the 82nd Airborne Division. After attending Kent State University, Hopkins traveled the world studying Asian culture and international politics. He currently works as a director, editor, writer, and cinematographer.
DIRTY ENERGY (2012)