"Two Years Too Late" is a documentary film about the 2nd anniversary of the BP Oil spill, investigating and interviewing those who were most affected. In New Orleans, where film maker Wiley Rogers and artist Sasha Birman reside, there has been little talk about this epic disaster. In an effort to promote awareness the two friends have decided to ride their bicycles to Southern Louisiana in a collaborative effort to document the continuing aftermath of this historic tragedy.
The last three days we have spent with the United Houma Nation in Dulac, Louisiana. We have interviewed local fisherman and shrimpers, some benefited from BP's cleanup efforts and claims programs, but others have slipped through the cracks. The most recent development in our project, which we did not anticipate, is the unique story and role that the native peoples of this region have played in the BP diaster and cleanup effort. To us it seems awfully reminiscent of a larger history of injustice that has fragmented the Houma Nation's land, fishing grounds and culture.
We are stuck in the Marriott hotel pirating wireless, edditing and building this kickstarter campaign in effort to raise money to continue filming. After countless incredible interviews over last week, we are excited and invigorated to continue this investigative journey. We could really use $400 for our daily meals, bike equipment and boat fair from Point Au Chien to Grand Isle. Please consider supporting us and you will be rewarded with incredible original prints, t-shirts, videography work and more!
Sitting on a cloth deckchair as islands of plants and mud float down the bayou towards the gulf, covered in mosquitos with the full flash of lighting on the horizon. Kurk's leather-red skin bunches up around his eyes, "This is dead man's corner," he says pointing to a little kink in the road. The billy goat pounds his forehead against the wooden fence, red winged blackbirds dip through the marsh grass before settling on a pile of old shrimp nets. Walking back past the chugging motor of our host's shrimp boat, we both fall into our mosquito proof tent - the Bayou - I've never seen anything like!
- (10 days)