2019 Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival
2019 Official Selection, Bozeman International Film Festival
2019 Finalist, Ted Turner Award for Film that Best Encourages Environmental Stewardship, BZN Film Festival
2019 Official Selection of the LA Femme International Film Festival
2019 Finalist, Best Special Focus Documentary
2019 Santiago Independent Film Award
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The 1969 Union Oil blowout mobilized the Santa Barbara community to fight for the environment, inspiring the creation of many nonprofit organizations, Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency and the first interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program. The legacy of the oil spill continues to inform this community, which keeps coming together, providing local solutions to global environmental problems, exemplified when over 3,000 volunteers joined the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to dig mud from homes after the deadly 2018 debris flow.
“We all feel like we’re part of an ecosystem, that there’s an ecology of our relationships, so that what affects one person, affects us all in some way. So when there’s a crisis, when someone is in need, we should all pitch in and help that person. If someone out there is hurting, what affects them directly, affects all of us indirectly. We’re tied in an inescapable web of mutuality and interdependence." — David Pellow, Chair, UCSB Environmental Studies Program
This documentary is a love letter to Santa Barbara
The community behind these local nonprofit organizations share a history lesson for our children, showing the power of working together despite great odds. Now we're working to cut the film for educational screening in elementary school classrooms, after demand arose.
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