Stories From the Gulf: Living with the Oil Disaster

Daniel Hinerfeld and Lisa Whiteman | 2011 | 14 min.

2012 Official Selection

“Stories from the Gulf” is a powerful half hour documentary about the impact on gulf residents of the largest oil spill in American history. Narrated by Robert Redford, the movie is based on audio interviews produced by NRDC and Bridge the Gulf, recorded by StoryCorps, and stunning original documentary photography. The BP oil disaster contaminated marshland and beaches from Texas to Florida, devastated wildlife, and shuttered much of the Gulf Coast economy. One year later, residents still struggle in the disaster’s wake, fearful that their way of life on the bayou may soon be lost along with their livelihoods as fisherman, oystermen, and shrimpers, tour guides, and restaurant owners. “Stories from the Gulf” is a riveting portrait of this way of life, built upon the water’s bounty, generations of tradition and a tight-knit sense of community.