Subjects: Environmental Studies, Science and Nature
Louisiana’s delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, supporting a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields, millions of migrating waterfowl, and at the heart of it all the mighty Mississippi -- a navigation channel that allows the passage of goods worldwide. It is not an overstatement to say that it is the cradle of the US economy and it is for this reason that the erosion of Louisiana’s wetlands is one of the greatest environmental threats the US faces today. Every hour a chunk the size of a football field is lost. Each year 25 square miles of land is gone forever, and without a mitigation strategy the marine economy, oil and gas, and even the citizens of New Orleans will be seeking refuge elsewhere in 30 years or so.
This 5 part digital series chronicles the lives of individuals who are experiencing that loss in the deepest parts of the Bayou. Through them we learn that Louisiana is the canary in a coal mine for the coastal land loss that will happen worldwide.We discover how though sea level rise is one of the leading factors contributing to the issue, it is man made, unforced errors like the structural engineering of theMississippi River and oil and gas extraction that have made this location particularly vulnerable to coastal erosion. Through them we learn what the Bayou really is and what it means to the people who live there and we watch them wrestles with the survival of their home.
Official Selection at 2019 New Orleans Film Festival and Aspen Mountain Film Festival
About the filmmaker
Dominic Gill is a former environmental consultant who launched his career in filmmaking by riding a tandem bicycle from Alaska to Argentina while picking up strangers on the back. In 2008 he debuted his film on the subject at Banff FilmFestival taking home the Special Jury Prize with a distribution deal by the UK’s ITV4. The film, which is also a published book, has been sold many times over to over 30 territories around the world. In2011, Dominic formed Encompass Films with his producing partner Nadia Gill. While he focused on building a strong reputation in the outdoor brand world, he also vigorously pursued his cinematography craft. While working on his own feature directorial debut "Coming To My Senses"he also DP'd the forthcoming film "Riders ofDestiny," to premiere at Thessaloniki film festival this 2019. Dominic has won numerous awards for his publishing and film work, a select few include the National Outdoor Book Award, Hiscox Courage Award Austin Film Festival, & Best FeatureDocumentary Mammoth Film Festival.