('Spilling Over' is an in-progress documentary film. This edit was published December 2010).
By Jessey Dearing and Lauren Frohne
SPILLING OVER is a documentary that examines the human consequences of America’s excessive energy use. The story follows the Arnesen family and the town of Venice, Louisiana as they refuse to become casualties of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Torn between fighting for the rights of the people in her community and keeping her own children safe, Kindra Arnesen, a fiery and outspoken wife of a commercial fisherman and mother of two, transforms into an activist for her community. After learning the long-term health effects on the people and devastation to the fisheries in Alaska after the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill, Kindra refuses to sit idle as her life falls apart. She takes on the oil giant that has dumped millions of gallons of crude oil into the waters surrounding her home in Venice, a small fishing community just 50 miles away from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout her fight, Kindra is forced to make difficult decisions that will divide her family indefinitely.
The Arnesens and the people of Venice are left with a difficult choice: Do they stay and risk their health and the possible collapse of their industry? Or do they sacrifice their way of life, the jobs and their community in order to flee the lasting effects of the oil spill?
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