1. This fifteen-minute video, commissioned by the National Audubon Society, chronicles the organization's volunteer mobilization, and programmatic response to the oil spill.

    The video was filmed in September 2010, in the aftermath of the spill, and reminds people of the importance of safeguarding natural habitats and lobbying for the long-term health of the Gulf Coast region.

    This video is posted on Audubon's national web site, and has been distributed to more than 200 Audubon as part of a "Gulf Toolkit" - http://birds.audubon.org/videos/family-stewards-national-audubon-societys-response-gulf-oil-spill

    It screened locally with HBO's "Saving Pelican 895" at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center and other arenas along the coast.

    The footage has also been used to publicize National Audubon as a winning charity in Members Project® program, a partnership between American Express and TakePart to help people support charitable organizations -http://www.takepart.com/membersproject

    Special thanks to: Finley Hewes, Damien Blaylock, Chandler Griffin and Edward Symes for their support of this project.

    THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING EFFORTS OF NATIONAL AUDUBON VOLUNTEERS IN THE GULF COAST REGION AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHO HAVE DEVOTED THEMSELVES PERSISTENTLY, TO STEWARDSHIP ACTIVITIES.

    Visit http://www.audubon.org to learn more about how to volunteer, or to contact an Audubon chapter in your region.

    Producer: Alison Fast
    Camera: Alison Fast, Damien Blaylock, Chandler Griffin
    Editor: Alison Fast
    Post-Production Supervisor: Chandler Griffin
    Archival Research: Marin Tockman
    Music: DC Come of Age (Ira Watson); Stockmusic.net

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  2. As fisherman and wildlife continue to make headlines in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, Archeologist, Dr. Edward Jackson has a different story to tell.

    He depends on fragile marshes resources along the Gulf Coast, already devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as a vital outdoor laboratory, to study subsistence patterns of past civilizations.

    There are over 19,000 archeological sites recorded in MS, some holding some of the highest concentrations of prehistoric evidence in the world, dating back 10,000-12,000 years.

    This four-minute video documents Edward Jackson and his team of students from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), on a "search and rescue" mission to save archeological artifacts from contamination by oil that would make carbon dating impossible.

    The group investigates shell middens in order to find clues to how human populations today, can subsist sustainably, based on solutions developed by prehistoric Native American communities.

    Although the economic scale is one of subsistence in the past, versus commercial enterprise today, Dr. Jackson insists, that we must salvage lessons of the past in order to understand our options for the future.

    The team's research sites, Kenny's Island and Crooked Bayou site, are located off the coast of Moss Point, on the border of Mississippi/Alabama, approximately 110 miles from the epicenter of the Deepwater Horizon spill, and comprise part of the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Grand Bay National Estuarine Reserv in Moss Point, MS.

    As of September, "Archeology Month" in the state of Mississippi, the team is still at work, and the site is considered at high risk for contamination, despite the presence of booms.

    Little archeological work has been done in the constellation of sites occupying Grand Bay.

    There are opportunities for the public to learn more and/or volunteer.

    Contact:
    Department of Anthropology and Sociology
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg, MS
    601-266-4306
    ed.jackson@usm.edu

    Facebook Group: Mississippi Archeological Association (MAA)

    Mississippi Archeology Month: http://www.msarchaeology.org/maa/arch_month.html

    Article:
    "Oil Threatens Native American Archeology Research on the Coast"
    http://www.usm.edu/news/article/oil-threatens-native-american-archaeology-research-gulf-coast-0

    This video is part of a series, created by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin, a husband-wife team, producing stories to give voice to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    More stories of local heroes will be posted shortly to the web site: WhatWouldBobDo.org (site in progress)

    Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/BP-Oil-Spill-on-the-Gulf-Coast-What-would-Walter-Anderson-do/105556202824491?ref=ts

    This video is available for broadcast. Please contact: alisonfast@mac.com

    Producer/Director/Editor: Alison Fast
    Camera: Chandler Griffin

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  3. On August 29, 2005, Sofia Aderer, age 7, lost her home to Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, MS, a town that was "wiped off the map" when it received the eye of the storm.

    In response, she penned a song called "Katrina Blues" that won the attention of local media.

    Now, on the eve of the five-year anniversary of the storm, Sofia is at it again, with a venture that she started in early June to address the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on birds and other affected animals.

    Her "bird project", called the Sofia Aderer Audubon Society Fund, is a testament to the resiliency in young people, and their ability to turn a negative into a positive through creativity and self-expression.

    This video is part of a series, created by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin, a husband-wife team, producing stories to give voice to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BP-Oil-Spill-on-the-Gulf-Coast-What-would-Walter-Anderson-do/105556202824491?ref=ts

    Producer/Director/Camerawoman: Alison Fast

    # vimeo.com/13291577 Uploaded 1,557 Plays 6 Comments

Mississippi Gulf Coast (Oil Spill Recovery)

Alison Fast

Filmmakers Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin will post videos periodically to this channel, in an effort to document the contributions of "local heroes" and environmental watchdogs in coastal areas of Mississippi that are deeply impacted by the consequences…


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Filmmakers Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin will post videos periodically to this channel, in an effort to document the contributions of "local heroes" and environmental watchdogs in coastal areas of Mississippi that are deeply impacted by the consequences of the BP/Deep Water Horizon Spill.

Our mission is to present positive, uplifting stories that can help to heal the coast, families and businesses, while raising awareness nationally through media channels, about the day-to-day issues faced by communities on the gulf coast of Mississippi as the cleanup unfolds.

The unique aspect of these videos is that they are told from the community perspective. They are not new pieces, but an example of community-based storytelling as a form of advocacy and support.

Please contact me if you would like to commission stories from the coast and/or receive videos for distribution. Contact: alisonfast@mac.com

Presently, we are fundraising to get a web site up that can serve as a blog spot and video portal for local residents.

Please visit our donation page support to support the launch of http://www.WhatWouldBobDo.org (web/blogging platform) to bring hope, solidarity, and inspiration to the coast :

http://whatwouldbobdo.org/index.php?/donate/

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