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Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling.
Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling.
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THE FILM
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"Oil & Water" is the story of two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline, yet their mothers each gave them up to a cause that has become a movement of our time. Hugo fights for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David launches the world’s first company to fair trade certify oil. These young men play a starring role in bringing about what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for the marginalized people of oil-rich nations everywhere. Shot over 4 1/2 years so far, "Oil & Water" is a shocking and inspiring David and Goliath story.

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HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!

We need your help! Historic events are taking place in Ecuador, and we need to get there with our video cameras to capture them. We will continue our journey with Hugo and David by filming in Ecuador for two weeks. Some of our travel costs are covered by our recent Puma Mobility Grant award. We are donating our time to do the filming. We just need to raise the money to pay for our expenses on the ground.

Join us in telling this amazing and hopeful environmental story!

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HONORS, AWARDS & SPONSORS

Pacific Pioneer Fund
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Puma Mobility Grant
Britdocs Good Pitch SOCAP - Official Selection
IFP Spotlight on Documentaries - Official Selection
Environmental Media Fund - Advisee

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THE TEAM

Laurel Spellman Smith
Laurel is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and the critically acclaimed feature documentary, "Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna," and the Iraq War documentary "The Corporal's Diary," seen on PBS stations, Al Jazeera and Link TV. She became an independent producer in 2001 joining producing partner Francine Strickwerda to start their film company, Stir It Up Productions. Together they co-directed and produced the award-winning women's health documentary "Busting Out" for Showtime and are currently in production with" Oil & Water." In addition to directing, Laurel is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Francine Strickwerda
Francine directs, produces and writes documentary films and Web sites. She co-directed the award-winning health documentary, "Busting Out," which aired on Showtime, and she was a producer on national and local PBS programs including "Affluenza" and "Escape from Affluenza." She produced and executive edited national PBS Web sites including "Don't Buy It," "Videogame Revolution," and "Exploring Space," and was a senior producer at HealthTalk.com. Her corporate video clients have included the United Nations, Fortune 500 companies and the Seattle Fire Department. Francine began her career as a reporter for newspapers in Washington and Idaho.

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    You’ll be listed as a “Supporter” in the credits of the film. And you'll receive a copy of Stir It Up Productions' previous film about breasts! Our award winning feature documentary, "Busting Out" was broadcast on Showtime and seen on TV stations and at film festivals around the world. It’s about the history and politics of breast obsession in America. You'll love it! And you'll get a "Thank You" on our Facebook page, and Web site, as well as the beautiful, authentic Cofan necklace and a DVD of "Oil & Water" when it's completed.

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    You’ll get to be “Best Boy” in the credits of the film and we’ll give you the opportunity for an evening with filmmakers Francine and Laurel who will talk about their journey and the making of the film at a screening of "Oil & Water" at a location of your choice (travel and lodging not included) PLUS a very warm fuzzy feeling, you’ll be thanked everywhere we can possibly thank people and you’ll get both DVDs of "Oil & Water" and "Busting Out." You will be extraordinarily appreciated.

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