An Official IDFA Selection – Released on DVD/VOD January 22, 2013


Los Angeles CA (January 7, 2012) – Nearly three years ago, on April 20, 2010, the explosion which sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drill rig and killed 11 men, resulted in an estimated 4.9 million barrels (206 million gallons) of crude oil being spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. To hasten the clean-up of visible oil, BP used highly toxic chemical dispersants, including Corexit (the use of which has been limited in Europe), to “break down the oil into smaller droplets that could be more easily dispersed through the seawater and then degraded by natural processes, including consumption by bacteria that naturally occur in the Gulf of Mexico[1].”  According to BP’s website, approximately 1.84 million gallons of dispersant were used starting approximately three miles from the shoreline.[2]

The disaster and ensuing clean-up has damaged the region’s fishing and tourism industries, resulting in billions of dollars in lost revenue and creating health problems for local fishermen who were exposed to the chemicals while working on lean-up crews without protective gear like gloves or respirators.  Scientists are still studying the long-term effects of the pollution on the Gulf ecosystem.

DIRTY ENERGY: THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER provides an intimate look at the disaster from the perspective of the gulf fishermen, their families and the scientists left behind to deal with the mess created by BP.  The film features in-depth, heart-rending interviews with many of the people whose faces filled our television screens three years ago: George Barisich (Third Generation Fisherman, President of the United Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance); Dean Blanchard (Owner of the Largest Shrimp Business in the Area of Grand Isle, Louisiana); Riki Ott (Environmental Activist, Exxon-Valdez survivor) and Aaron Viles (Campaign Deputy Director of the Gulf Restoration Network).

Since 2010, their voices have been forgotten, and the worst environmental disaster in American history has faded from view.

“DIRTY ENERGY grew out of the anger and helplessness I felt from watching oil continuously pour into the Gulf.  Every day the spill went on and the footage of massive amounts of oil played on the TV, I grew more and more furious at the incompetence of BP and our government to respond effectively to the situation.” With camera in hand and $250, filmmaker Bryan D. Hopkins drove to Louisiana to capture the stories of the people most affected by the disaster. His film has since garnered praise and awards at film festivals including the Grand Jury Prize, Environmental Visions Award (Dallas International Film Festival) and The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award (Santa Barbara International Film Festival). It was also an official selection at the prestigious International Documentary Film Amsterdam (IDFA) festival.

In November 2012, BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster with the agreement to pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution.[3] A major civil case by the government, in which BP could face up to $20 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act for “gross negligence’ for allowing nearly five million barrels of crude to escape from the deep-water well is scheduled to begin February 25, 2013.

Dirty Energy Official Trailer on Youtube

SYNOPSIS: Hopkins shot the film while living on couches in various homes in the Grand Isle Louisiana region while filming from his car in the aftermath of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill, which is considered one of the worst environmental disasters in history.  His resulting film reaches far beyond its humble beginning into a damning indictment of the US Government and British Petroleum (BP) and the corporation’s whitewashing of the long-term damages—environmental, health and economic­­­­­­—caused by the spill.

Hopkins captures the inside story: from Gulf Coast shrimpers who have seen their livelihoods decimated by the extermination of the fish and wildlife; to oil spill clean-up workers, many local volunteers, who now suffer from medical issues caused by the dispersants used during the clean up; and local leaders who watched as their communities were destroyed by the paperwork and the restitution process imposed by BP Oil and the American government.  More at



SRP: $19.95 | TRT: 94 minutes

Street date: 1/22/2013

UPC: 881394116924 | Catalog: CLS 1169

Genre: Documentary, Environmental


  • 3 Years After the BP Oil Spill – A twenty minute featurette shot in November 2012,  in which filmmaker Bryan D. Hopkins returns to Grand Isle Louisiana to check in on the recovery, long after the TV crews have stopped filming.  Featuring George Barisich, Gene Blanchard, Riki Ott and Aaron Viles.
  • An In-Depth Look At Gulf Shrimp – Marine toxicologist Riki Ott points out the malformities in the shrimp coming out of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Trailer


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