Monday, January 23, 2012



STORIES FROM THE GULF: Living with the Oil Disaster

A half-hour documentary that explores the impact of America's worst oil disaster on Gulf Coast residents, using stunning original photography and audio interviews produced by NRDC and Bridge the Gulf, and recorded by StoryCorps.

Stories from the Gulf premiered on Discovery Planet Green on April 23, 2011.

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Bridge The Gulf Project

"What challenges do you face that are shared throughout the Gulf Coast region? What are your hopes for the future?"

Bridge the Gulf is a storytelling initiative promoting cultural survival, environmental justice, and sustainable development in Gulf Coast communities.

BRIDGE THE GULF is a citizen journalism and new-media initiative designed to help Gulf Coast communities convey their stories and their vision for a just, healthy and sustainable future.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many endangered Gulf Coast communities felt their stories had been overlooked or misrepresented. With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this beta Website was launched in the summer of 2010.

The video below about the origins of BRIDGE THE GULF was created by the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies.

Bridge The Gulf from Leah on Vimeo.


• Provide a shared forum for ideas and conversations among Gulf Coast community leaders, activists and organizations.

• Support grassroots participation by inviting diverse Gulf Coast voices to contribute to the blog, providing mentorship and technical assistance to aspiring citizen journalists through a Media Fellows program and partnerships with organizations that provide training.

• Build partnerships with independent media makers with a commitment to documenting the realities faced by Gulf Coast communities.

• Educate mainstream media and provide a compelling collective portrait of a vital regional community that shares values of citizen leadership, sustainability and ecological health.

• Educate American citizens and policy makers by putting a human face on complex challenges; demonstrate that positive change is taking place; and raise expectations for what can be accomplished.

BRIDGE THE GULF is a partnership between media makers and Gulf Coast citizen leaders. A filmmaker who has been working since 2001 on a documentary about the Mississippi Gulf Coast community of Turkey Creek, has been coordinating the project. The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a primary partner, connecting the project to a network of community advisors and 200 grantee organizations.

More than 20 blog Contributors representing a variety of Gulf Coast issues provide commentary, photo essays and videos. BRIDGE THE GULF Media Fellows create original content for the Website (blog posts, videos, photography), recruit new Contributors to the blog, provide Contributors with training and mentorship, build and maintain partnerships, and help evaluate and improve the project at all levels. Contributing filmmakers have conducted interviews and created short documentaries with citizen leaders across the coast. A collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council and StoryCorps produced "Stories from the Gulf,"a series of interviews and photo essays about citizens impacted by the BP oil disaster. A compilation of these was screened at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. All of the videos can be found on a Story Map of the Gulf Coast.

We know Bridge the Gulf will grow and improve with your contributions and ideas. If you have suggestions about the site please send an email to us at the address below.

Thank you for your interest and please support the project by contributing your story or spreading the word within your community!

Stories from the Gulf

In October 2010, Bridge the Gulf partnered with StoryCorps and NRDC to record, share, and preserve the stories and experiences of people living through the BP oil disaster.

"If this whole environment gets demolished, what good is a boat? It survived hurricanes; it survived Katrina; it survived Gustav; it survived many regulations, but it may not survive this BP thing."

more videos > StoryCorps: Stories from the Gulf | Bridge The Gulf Project

Bridge the Gulf Resources


News and Notes - Current information and commentary drawn from other Web sites including Gulf Restoration Network, Huffington Post and Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Gulf Coast Fund Calendar - Important events for community organizations in the region.


Post-Katrina: Environmental and Social Justice Issues

Post Hurricane and BP Disaster - Recovery & Renewal

BP Disaster: Environmental and Social Justice Issues

BP Disaster: Seafood Safety


BAVC The Bay Area Video Coalition, or BAVC (pronounced “bay-vac”), is a nonprofit media arts center founded in 1976. BAVC's mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology. The beta website for Bridge the Gulf was developed at the Producers Institute for New Media Technologies.

Witness is an international human rights organization that provides training and support to local groups to use video in their human rights advocacy campaigns. Find Video Advocacy Resources & Tools offered by

Techsoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. Find discounts on Flip Video cameras and other new-media tools on

Resources | Bridge The Gulf Project

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