With the Launch of the DVD on June 22nd, the FUEL team of Energy Experts Began a National Dialogue on Solutions for the Oil Spill

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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 1, 2010) – To coincide with the two month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that triggered the worst environmental disaster in American history and the June 22nd DVD release of the Sundance Award Winning documentary, FUEL, New Orleans native, filmmaker and alternative fuels activist, Josh Tickell and his producing partner and wife Rebecca Harrell Tickell kicked off a campaign earlier this week to address the Gulf oil spill.

The three day campaign included multiple events that began on Monday, June 28th with a standing room only free screening of FUEL at The Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans.  Politicians, scientists, oil spill experts and activists such as Peter Fonda and Amy Smart joined together to elevate awareness and outline solutions to the oil spill.  The following day, there was a march for clean energy lead by singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and Rebecca Harrell Tickell that began at the world famous Cafe de Monde and continued through the French Quarter and culminated in a dramatic human oil spill demonstration leady by environmental educator and aerial artist, John Quigley in Jackson Square. People spelled the word “WHY” with their bodies covered by biodegradable black trash bags donated by Home Depot (see attached wire image). They then removed the trash bags and took the street in an act of peaceful civil disobedience spelling the words: “WE CAN” with green Patagonia organic shirts.

WHY Human Oil Spill in New Orleans' Jackson Square June 28, 2010
WHY Human Oil Spill in New Orleans' Jackson Square June 28, 2010

Following the march, there was a strategic think tank at Paul Prudhomme’s K-Pauls Restaurant moderated by Josh Tickell, which engaged leading non-profits, NGOs, politicians, and celebrities in a strategic brainstorming session. This think tank culminated in the formation of a new campaign called the Oil Clean Up Alliance (OCA). The OCA will expedite the oil clean up process and ensure that future accidents are mitigated.  The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and the Riverkeepers Alliance are spearheading OCA’s mission in Louisiana. The organizers would like to thank the Starwood Hotels as well as the W and Sheraton Hotels in New Orleans for hosting celebrities and activists.

Tickell grew up near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in an area known as ‘cancer alley’ for having the highest cancer incidence in the United States due to the byproduct of the oil processing industry. FUEL is the only film now available that investigates the influence that the oil industry has had on the region and provides the historical and political context for the current disaster.  The DVD Special Features offer “How To” solutions that everyday citizens can implement now.

Updates are available at: http://www.facebook.com/TheFuelFilm

DVD DETAILS:

Josh Tickell’s stirring, radical and multi-award winning FUEL is a powerful portrait of America’s overwhelming

Fuel DVD
Fuel DVD

addiction to, and reliance on, oil. The feature length documentary film features: Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, Sheryl Crow, Larry David, John Paul DeJoria, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Jim Hightower, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Willie Nelson, Julia Roberts and Neil Young.

DVD Bonus features include: How To Get 150 MPG From Your Prius, Building A Green Bottom Line With John Paul DeJoria, How To Save Thousands Through Energy Efficiency, Sustainable BioDiesel with HeroBX, How To Make Fuel for Under $1.50 Per Gallon, and Filmmaker Commentary track. (Street Date: Available Now / $24.95 / 112 mins/ Documentary/Eco-Packaging). Distributed by Cinema Libre Studio.

The film was produced by Greg Reitman of Blue Water Entertainment, Chip Rosenbloom of Open Pictures, Daniel Assael and Rebecca Harrell Tickell. FUEL is now available at DVD outlets nationwide that will include: Best Buy, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Cinema Libre Store and independent video stores (distribution in English-speaking Canada on July 27, 2010 by VSC).

For more information on FUEL as well as downloadable materials, visit www.thefuelfilm.com. Additional information can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

About Cinema Libre Studio:

Cinema Libre Studio is a haven for independent filmmakers with one-stop shopping for production and distribution. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company has been a leader in distributing social issue and political documentaries and is currently distributing Oliver Stone’s SOUTH OF THE BORDER. More information at www.cinemalibrestudio.com.

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For Editors, Producers and Web Masters:

High Res DVD box art for FUEL can be downloaded here: http://www.cinemalibrestudio.com/clscatalog/2010/Fuel_3D_HR.jpg

Trailer is available to view/embed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upTCSSkxlxE

To arrange an interview with director Josh Tickell or to request a screener for review or story consideration, CONTACT Corinne Bourdeau, corinne@360Degreecomm.net. 310-454-8933 / 310-454-2469

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