Documentary Film “Crude” Addresses Environmental Accountability

Our Earthkeeper On-The-Street reporter, Annabelle Gurwitch, ran into award winning documentary filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival earlier this month. Berlinger unveiled his latest film, Crude at the festival in Park City, UT.

According to the Film Festival guide, Crude asks the question, “Who is responsible for the unconscionable dumping of 18 billion gallons of toxic oil waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon, poisoning the most bio-diverse place on the planet?” In answering the question, the film chronicles the destruction this act caused to the lives of 30,000 indigenous people in the region.

Perhaps best known for his film Brother’s Keeper, Berlinger, by his own admission, is not an “eco-documentarian.” Previously he directed the rock and roll documentary, Metallica: Some Kind of  Monster.  In discovering this, Annabelle offered Joe what we thought was a great idea for a future film. We call it Heavy Metal Meets Earthkeepers. Imagine if you will, a film that follows a heavy metal rock band as they travel around the country in their bus powered by used vegetable oil. If Hot Buttered Rum can do it in their Well Oiled Machine, why can’t Metallica?

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