Posted by: Site Administrator | June 23, 2010

BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

    Dear Residents of the Gulf Coast,

    We recently “sat down” with both the director and producer of BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez. This unparalleled documentary portrays a 20 year retrospective of the tearing of the social, economic and political fabric that took place in the wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in the once pristine Prince William Sound, Alaska. The awesome synchronicity around the debut of BLACK WAVE is quite extraordinary given the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Robert Cornellier, Director, and Paul Carvalho, Co-writer/Producer, have made it their life’s work to shed light on the ravages of the Oil & Gas Industry as it operates worldwide. They have succeeded in capturing on film what no other person or media has done in modern times. To call this documentary a great triumph of both art and science, of both film and advocacy, would be a gross understatement. Paul and Robert have brought to film in the most poignant and compelling way the real consequences to real people who find themselves in the throes of life after an oil spill, aka as the Black Wave.

    Both director and producer have already done some exploratory shooting on the Gulf coast video-documenting the effects of the Gulf Oil Spill. This initiative signals their commitment to continue assisting the world community work through the myriad challenges and obstacles, which have already begun testing the State of Louisiana. Knowing that Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida are also targets of the Black Wave, they have offered to come to the Gulf States to share what they have learned, and to receive what we have to offer from our real time experiences. This is about shaping a virtual response to an unprecedented disaster, as it unfolds before our eyes. In this way, we will all be more prepared to address the many issues which this oil spill will be confronting us with for years to come.

    Please join us in welcoming Paul and Robert as they tour the Gulf of Mexico coastline and avail themselves to our needs and concerns. They are experts of the first order, and have only the interests of the people of the Gulf States at heart.

    Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for your selfless service and generosity of spirit. We are forever indebted to you, and look forward to the time when we may reciprocate in kind.

    With every good wish,

    Dr. Tom Termotto, National Coordinator
    Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference (International Citizens’ Initiative)
    Tallahassee, FL

    The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez
    The epic struggle of the fishers of Cordova, Alaska, for recognition of the true human and environmental impact of the biggest environmental disaster in North American history and for fair compensation by Exxon. Profiling Alaska marine biologist Riki Ott and the people of Cordova.

    Directed by Robert Cornelier, Writtten by Robert Cornelier and Paul Carvalho.
    Produced by Paul Carvalho and Robert Cornelier for Macumba Films.

    Broadcast on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the spill (March 2009) on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Nature of Things with David Suzuki and on Radio-Canada’s Découverte.

    Nominated for 2 Gemeau and 2 Gemini awards.
    Winner, Best Director – Robert Cornellier, 2009.

    Distributed by Film Transit. Broadcast by ABC (Australia) and Planet Green (USA).




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