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Better Together: Through Oil, Mud and Fire

Currently in consideration with the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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The 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill brought people together in an effort to protect the beaches and the environment. Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency, UCSB’s first-ever Environmental Studies program and a host of nonprofits were born in its wake, inspiring community activism and participation. This is a story of citizens generating solutions, and of how love for a place connects, strengthens and unites people into a powerful, resilient force for the common good.

We hope to have the honor of presenting our World Premiere to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spillthe 49th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rightsand the first anniversary of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade

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“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. In some very selfish way, I understand that if someone out there is hurting, then 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

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Featuring these organizations:

350.org-Santa Barbara; African Women Rising; Chumash Maritime Association; Committees for Land, Air, Water and Species (CLAWS); Community Environmental Council; Direct Relief; Environmental Defense Center; Food and Water Watch; Get Oil Out! (GOO!); Gaviota Coast Conservancy; Habitat for Humanity of Santa Barbara County; Mission Blue; Montecito Trails Foundation; Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade; Santa Barbara Channelkeeper; Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue; Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights; Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network; SB Strong; Sierra Club; The Solutions Project; UCSB Environmental Studies Program


MERCURY PRESS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS

“BETTER TOGETHER”

A FILM BY ISAAC HERNANDEZ


FEATURING: SYLVIA EARLE, THOMAS TIGHE, DAVID PELLOW, ABE POWELL, KATHI KING, RICK STEIN, MIGUEL ZEPEDA-ROSALES, CEDRIC SMITH, LINDA MACNEIL, LINDA ECKERBOM COLE, LYNN KIRST, LIZ BEEBE, ASHLEE MAYFIELD, JENNA MOLDER, SOFIA MARTIN, BUD BOTTOMS, ROBERT H. SOLLEN, FRANCIS SARGUIS, SELMA RUBIN, MARC MCGINNES, LINDA KROP, MARC CHYTILO, MICHAEL LUNSFORD, PAUL RELIS, ROD NASH, JULIA PARKER, GLENN RUSSEL, MIA LOPEZ, AMY DONNELLY, APRIL PRICE, LEE HELLER, MICHELLE SEVILLA, MARK JACOBSON, KATIE DAVIS, SIGRID WRIGHT, AMANDA PANTOJA AND KIRA REDMON 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: LESLIE SWEEM BUTHANI AND LYNDA WEINMAN

PRODUCED BY NANCY BLACK. EDITED BY ISAAC HERNANDEZ. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ISAAC HERNANDEZ 
WRITTEN BY ISAAC HERNANDEZ. CO-WRITTEN BY HEATHER WENNERGREN. DIRECTED BY ISAAC HERNANDEZ
©2018 MERCURY PRESS INTERNATIONAL

SPECIAL THANKS FOR THE USE OF ARCHIVAL IMAGES AND FILM CLIPS COURTESY OF: MIKE ELIASON AND MATT UDKOW / SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, BRAD SCRAM, SANTA BARBARA CHANNELKEEPER, JON ZUBER, DAVID COWAN, SUSAN EPSTEIN, SELMA RUBIN, BUD BOTTOMS, GOO!, ROBERT H SOLLEN, MARC MCGINNES, ETHAN TURPIN, BARRY CAPELLO, FRANCIS SARGUIS, ROD NASH, SANTA BARBARA WILDLIFE CARE NETWORK, HANNAH APRICOT ECKBERG, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE, SANTA BARBARA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, MARCO FARRELL, SPECIAL RESEARCH COLLECTIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA, DIRECT RELIEF, COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL, THE CLIMATE MOBILIZATION, NASA, CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME / CALIFORNIA STATE ARCHIVES, US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, NATIONAL CONSERVATION TRAINING CENTER, CREATIVE IMAGERY, US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, US NATIONAL ARCHIVES, NOAA FISHERIES, CAL OES, US COAST GUARD, US MARINES, CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, AND THE NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY