Philip LeVasseur invites Documentary Filmmakers in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to discuss their work.


On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded taking the lives of 11 workers and sank as millions of barrels of oil poured into the ocean, creating one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Dirty Energy is the story of the human and environmental costs of the BP Oil Spill told through those directly affected by the tragic events. Director Bryan Douglas Hopkins is an independent Filmmaker based in Detroit, MI. His feature directorial debut, Dirty Energy, highlights Bryan’s passion for raw and honest storytelling. Although a narrative filmmaker at heart, Bryan embarked on a documentary out what he perceived was a void in the media coverage of the struggles of those affectedby the BP Oil Spill without the mainstream filters.


Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over thirty five years by a small group: leaders of corporations and their elected allies, and the biggest lobbying interest in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Heist can serve as a sober warning about what is happening to our country, and provide some ideas of how to restore fairness and community, while reigning in the power of corporations. The underlying idea of Heist is that knowledge is power, and that social change comes from the bottom up. Donald Goldmacher, Director/Producer, “My motivation in making this film is to give people a picture of how they can fight back, and not allow themselves to be bullied and pushed around by big corporations.”

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KCSB is a media supporter of the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Social Justice Award for Documentary Film 2012, part of the the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The festival runs from Thursday, January 26th through Sunday, February 5th.