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Joe Berlinger’s oil spill doc coming to Animal Planet

On July 28, Animal Planet will debut Black Tide: Voices From the Gulf (pictured), a two-hour doc from award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Crude) on the impact of the 2010 Gulf oil spill on Louisianians.
June 21, 2011

On July 28, Animal Planet will debut Black Tide: Voices From the Gulf, a two-hour doc from award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Crude) on the impact of the Gulf oil spill on Louisianians.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010 was the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The two-hour special explores how 200 million gallons of oil have affected a region which is now rebuilding.

Berlinger and his crew embedded themselves in Louisiana for over a year after the spill, and the doc features interviews with commercial fishermen, an individual on the Deepwater Horizon rig, scientific experts and representatives from BP and the U.S. government.

Black Tide delves into the disaster’s impact on local businesses, the environment and on the health of residents and wildlife.

“We wanted to move beyond the finger pointing and policy debates and put a human face on the plight of the residents of this vital region of America,” says Berlinger.  “When the mainstream media packed up and moved to the next disaster, it gave the world the false impression that everything was back to normal.  As this special shows, the people of the Gulf still face enormous consequences from the spill.”

Black Tide: Voices From the Gulf is produced for Animal Planet by @radical.media, with Jon Kamen, Robert Friedman and Justin Wilkes on board as executive producers for @radical.media. The program is directed and co-executive produced by Joe Berlinger and produced by Jay Heyman.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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