ABOUT THE FILM
There is a significant oil spill somewhere in the US every 2 1/2 days. This film is about the "Refugio spill" caused by a break in Plains All-American Pipeline, line 901, on May 19, 2015. That spill sent 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota Coast and into the ocean. We started filming at Refugio State Beach that afternoon. Crude oil tumbled in the surf, sent toxic fumes in the air, and killed sea life as the Coast Guard mobilized to respond.
This fall I'll be sending the film out to film festivals. The story unfolds through a former County fire captain and petroleum services engineer, environmental leaders, fishermen, an olive ranch family who suffered chemical pneumonia, elected officials, snowy plover monitors, pelican rehabilitators, volunteers who worked on the clean-up, pipeline safety experts, the spokesman for Plains All-American Pipeline Ltd., and others.
The film highlights the reaction of the community who came together in protest marches and healing ceremonies, rescued birds and marine mammals, cleaned the oil off our beaches, and demanded more stringent spill prevention and response. The community's actions stand in stark contrast to the insensitivity of the oil industry and particularly Plains All-American Pipeline, Ltd. Plains still faces both criminal and civil lawsuits.
It's a one-hour environmental story with a peek back at the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill that helped launch the environmental movement, EPA, and clean air and water laws, and a look forward to a fossil free future.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need to raise at least $12,000 to complete the film
The money raised will go to final editing, music production, purchasing rights and licenses, submitting to film festivals and costs of ensuring that the film reaches a wide audience.
FEATURING APPEARANCES BY (in alphabetical order)
- Yvonne Addassi, Deputy Administrator, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Heather Armentrout, Animal Care Specialist, Oiled Wildlife Care Network
- Owen Bailey, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara
- Margaret Connell, former Mayor of Goleta, CA
- Chris Corbo, Deputy Incident Commander, CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife
- Salud Carbajal, Congressman from California Central Coast (former County Supervisor)
- Jaime Diamond, Stardust Sportfishing Lauren DuBois, Liaison, SeaWorld San Diego
- Becky Elias, Volunteer Coordinator, Oiled Wildlife Care Network
- Steve Ferry, former Co-President, Santa Barbara Audubon
- Christina Fiorello, Veterinarian, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, University of California, Davis
- Carla Frisk, Board Member, Get Oil Out
- Walter Fuller, Steward of Ormond Beach, Oxnard, CA
- Hanna-Beth Jackson, California State Senator, Santa Barbara and Ventura
- Cynthia Hartley, Western Snowy Plover Beach Monitor, Ormond Beach
- Wes Herman, Retired Fire Captain and Petroleum Engineer, County of Santa Barbara
- Patrick Hodgins, Senior Safety Director, Plains All-American Pipeline Co.
- Eric Kjellstrom, California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
- John Kovach, Volunteer Snowy Plover Docent, Coal Oil Point Reserve
- Linda Krop, Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara
- Richard Kuprewicz, President, Accufacts, Inc., pipeline safety expert
- Eric Laughlin, Public Information Officer, California Department of Fish & Wildlife
- Kathryn Lehr, Planner, Santa Barbara County Energy Division
- Harry Liquornik, urchin fisherman
- Craig and Cindy Makela, olive ranchers, Gaviota Coast
- Phil McKenna, President, Gaviota Coast Conservancy
- Riki Ott, PhD marine toxicology, Author Not One Drop and Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$
- Chris Peltonen, Project Manager, VENOCO
- Helene Schneider, Mayor of Santa Barbara
- Michael Smith, Executive Director, Gray Whales Count
- Tom Steyer, Founder & President, NextGen America
- Matt Renner, Executive Director, World Business Academy
- Cherie Topper, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Audubon
- Chris Voss, President, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara
- Carl Weimer, Executive Director, National Pipeline Safety Trust
- Das Williams, Santa Barbara County Supervisor (former California Assembly Member)
- Oran Young, Professor Emeritus, Bren School of Environmental Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Michael Ziccardi, Director, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, University of California, Davis
- Gail Osherenko - Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Narrator
- Margarita Del Valle - Consulting Director/Producer, Writer, Cinematographer; Editor
- Sandra Falkowski - Editor
- Debra Piot - Associate Producer, Cinematographer
- Ejé Lynn-Jacobs - Sound Engineer
- Robin Krop - Songwriter - “Whatcha Gonna Do When the Oil Spills?”
- Linda Young - Vocalist for "Whatcha Gonna Do When the Oil Spills?"
- Ron Sweet - Sound Engineer, guitar and vocal accompaniment for “Whatcha Gonna Do When the Oil Spills?”
- Andy Christiansen - Webmaster
- Gabriel Tempesta - Logo Designer
We LOVE the democratic nature of crowdfunding here on Kickstarter. You can become an integral part of our team by donating as little as $10. We need as many people as possible to spread the word about BROKE and alert our community and others to the risks of oil pipelines.
Kickstarter is a great way to spread the word. Until now this film has been a labor of love and has been personally financed. We've taken no money from broadcasters, environmental groups, oil companies, or anyone outside our team in order to retain control over the story. But now we need help bringing this film to completion and sharing it with the world. Here's the thing about Kickstarter. Unless we meet our goal of $12,000 during our 30 day window, we don't get any of the funds. We believe we can meet that goal with your help. And we have a 'stretch' goal of $25,000.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
Please share this campaign with your friends, family, anyone who loves the ocean, anyone living near an oil pipeline, anyone fighting a proposed pipeline. That should pretty much include everyone. Share this link, 'like' us on Facebook. While raising the funding is critical to finishing the film, building a community to understand what went wrong and to protect our coasts and oceans is equally important.
The US has over 2.6 million miles of oil and hazardous liquid pipelines. Every 2 ½ days, there is a significant pipeline spill somewhere in the US. While the Plains/Refugio spill was modest in size, it impacted tourists, ranchers, oil companies, fishermen/women, and all of us who enjoy the ocean. It killed hundreds of birds and marine mammals and injured many others. So please, show this to everyone, and let's all work together to prepare for and prevent future spills.
THANKS and SPECIAL APPRECIATION TO
For additional video footage, cinematography, and photography:
Bud Bottoms, Erin Feinblatt, Maxwell Frank, Michael Love, News Archive Video of KEYT-TV, Rick Ray, Bruce Reitherman, Paul Wellman, John Williams, and John L. Wiley
For advice, critique and moral support:
Ben Bycel, Shannon Dybvig, Dimitri Falk, Florence Falk, Tonia Gray Guerrero, Anne Moore, Beth Pitton-August, Renner Wunderlich, Oran Young
Risks and challenges
I am submitting a near final version of the film to film festivals.
There are some small details of editing and correcting that we are working on. The risks of completing the film are nearly nil, but we need the support of the community to pay the bills and get it widely distributed.
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