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Black Tide is a documentary film project that dives deep into the causes, effects & follow up surrounding the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

About the Black Tide project…

Black Tide is the first in a series of projects focused on creating independent media that makes a difference.  By a series, we refer to this as the FIRST project under the Black Tide designation but to be followed on by more documentaries following the evolution of this story.  As we see every few weeks the scientific community is just now publishing reports tracking the known and the UNSEEN effects of the oil spill.  This must be assimilated and distilled for quick understanding.This is just one of the goals of a continued Black Tide Project.  To do so, we must have broad grassroots support.

Black Tide, with YOUR backing can become a "go to" resource when the next "oil spill" happens.  Whether it is on the Gulf, the Atlantic, Pacific or your own local bay or river.

Be sure to LIKE (+ comment) and TWEET above link to your friends.  THANKS!

Our production team was in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 to document the impact that the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill was having on the residents, wildlife, and the economy of the region. More than a dozen of these stories can be seen in the Video Archive section of our web site blacktide.tv 

Black Tide website supporting the film about the Gulf oil spill
Black Tide website supporting the film about the Gulf oil spill

We are pleased to have the support of the amazing musical group Rising Appalachia! Take a look at our video and you'll see why their song was a perfect match for our project.  See below for more on the band, the song and their message.

Our long term endeavor is to make a definitive documentary that explores, among other topics, why the blew out, the appropriateness of the response and what’s being done today to insure that something of this magnitude doesn’t happen again. The full project is slated for completion by December 2013.

A graphic reminder of the oil on the Gulf coast, the oil that remains offshore and the oil that will remain in the marshes.
A graphic reminder of the oil on the Gulf coast, the oil that remains offshore and the oil that will remain in the marshes.

The finite product of the current Kickstarter campaign is to deliver "Black Tide: The Beginning" video to our KS supporters and present same to the world at large. To facilitate this product delivery we will require funds for further writing and research, fact checking, the production of additional interviews, post production, graphic design, DVD authoring and distribution.  Additionally, funds will be used to travel to targeted environmental conferences to present the project, garner support and marketing expertise.

We will solicit information and interviews from the federal agencies, coastal state & local government officials, coastal emergency management agencies, BP, Halliburton, and Transocean.  We will also collaborate with universities involved in ongoing oil spill studies, environmental watch groups, independent scientific experts and the White House. Your support will give us the foundation we need to take it to the next level.

What do we need the money for?

We are asking for $15,000 to be used for consolidating the existing hours of video material, stills and interviews captured by us during the height of the oil spill. Valuable research needs to be cataloged and expanded upon with new interviews and data collection from such local entities as the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, where 30+ years of baseline research is housed about Gulf of Mexico ecosystems.  This research will allow the "Black Tide: The Beginning" to be completed for our supporters.  This research on the Gulf will yield additional videos and project development directions for future Kickstarter follow-on projects under the Black Tide umbrella. Now is the time to pursue the follow-up story. The long term effects are just starting to be seen.  The undercurrent among everyone on the Gulf Coast is unease about what is waiting "out there". Our updated results will be posted on our website blacktide.tv for our supporters to follow as well as using the Kickstarter update system to keep our supporters engaged and ready to support the planned new Black Tide projects.

So far we have funded more than 20 days of filming and as many days of editing out of our own pockets. We are passionate about this project and feel strongly that someone needs to gather the facts and present them in an unbiased way. You can be our partner in this endeavor by lending your support. 

Our entire production budget is $250,000 but today we are asking for just $15,000 to continue our efforts.

Should we receive $25,000 or more we will be able to produce a large number of additional interviews, editing, research and story development. 

$50,000 or more would enable us to complete the initial filming phase of our production. Most of the core interviews comprising the story line would be in the can. 

At the $100,000 funding mark we will be able to finish all necessary interviews, finish assembling our rough cut and film some of the additional visuals necessary.

What is the timeline for this project?

While we began in May 2010 we feel that many outcomes from the spill will be revealed in the next 12 months. The long-term health risks of people who worked on the cleanup will be debated in court in the very near future. Environmental assessments are being revealed giving us a better picture for what the residual effects will be. Additional filming would take place August through November 2012, rough cutting, scripting and more research December through February, final filming from March through July 2013, fine cutting, narration, music composition, graphic production, August & September 2013, final color correction and out put by mid October 2013. We will be ready to go to broadcast, festival submission or DVD/BluRay replication by November 2013.

About our partners Rising Appalachia...

Thank Rising Appalachia for caring and supporting Black Tide
Thank Rising Appalachia for caring and supporting Black Tide

Our collaborative partners in Black Tide include the Rising Appalachia Collective. The song Filthy, Dirty South was written about the oil spill and the video of the song is now in wide circulation. Rising Appalachia continues their support by providing us with rewards for specific giving and which are outlined on this page.

Black Tide is a Loop of Life, LLC production. We are focused on creating independent media that makes a difference.

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook, SHARE on Facebook and Twitter.

Black Tide is on Facebook as the BlackTideProject
Black Tide is on Facebook as the BlackTideProject

A few more images from the ongoing project:

Carl Safina was a welcome addition to the filming in 2010, he gave us valuable insights and we in turn helped him experience the local angles.
Carl Safina was a welcome addition to the filming in 2010, he gave us valuable insights and we in turn helped him experience the local angles.
Shooting on beach, dodging BP security
Shooting on beach, dodging BP security
Telling the story of the shrimpers and Gulf fishing families.
Telling the story of the shrimpers and Gulf fishing families.

More to come in our updates.  Will you help and SHARE, TWEET our message?

Thanks from all of us at the Black Tide Team...

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    For just a BUCK you can join our Facebook page Black Tide list on the Supporter tab! Please share our concern for a full review of the events creating the Gulf oil spill and how to prevent another on YOUR beach.

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    Our heartfelt thanks for supporting OUR environment. Your name will be listed in the SPECIAL THANKS section of the Black Tide website. And previous perks.

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    Join other concerned citizens of the planet and show your concern and support. Your name will be listed in the SPECIAL THANKS section in the "Black Tide: The Beginning" DVD SCREEN CREDITS plus previous perks!

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    Join our Southern musical partners "Rising Appalachia" and receive a copy of their new hit inspired by the events the Black Tide project documents. PLUS receive the $1-$10 rewards.

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    DOLPHIN Level. Receive a signed copy of Carl Safina's book "Sea In Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout" , the Black Tide team worked hand in hand with Carl to access numerous sites in the book and he is featured in the doc. PLUS listing on the Black Tide website and Facebook pages. Limited to US residents only (overseas supporters contact us for a shipping option)

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    A copy of the "Black Tide: The Beginning" on DVD + A signed copy of Rising Appalachia's "Scale Down" and "The Sails of Self" (BOTH cds!!) Oct 2012 + a limited edition Rising Appalachia sticker, and a hand screen printed "I love my filthy dirty south" tank top. Oct 2012

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    WHALE level. Become a Sponsoring Backer with this award level. Listing as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the SCREEN CREDITS (plus listing on the Black Tide website and Facebook pages Sept 2012), receive a custom DVD of the 1st completed project, and the teams admiration!

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    ANGEL PRODUCER level for Black Tide. Angel support funding level for this 1st Black Tide Kickstarter Project effort. Listed (or unlisted if preferred) as a Producer in the Black Tide Project. Invitation to a media/marine conference where Black Tide will be shown. Basic transportation included if both are in USA for a pledged amount above $20k. Listing as a PRODUCER in the SCREEN CREDITS (plus listing on the Black Tide website and Facebook pages as soon as project is funded), receive a custom DVD of the 1st completed project, and the teams adoration!

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