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“We have had serious, curious and interested audiences at every of our screenings this year” States Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster at DREFF Screening of After the Spill

September 16, 2016

Santo Domingo – Students and staff of the Santo Domingo branch of the Alianza Francesa were delighted with the presence of filmmaker Jon Bowermaster during an evening screening of one of his latest projects, After the Spill, which recounts the story and impact on local communities of the explosion of BP Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marc Jourdan, GFDD UN Programs & Outreach Manager, provided some words of welcome before presenting the Festival and the topic of the screening to the audience.

Following the screening, Jourdan introduced the filmmaker and writer, before moderating an engaged questions & answer session between the audience and Bowermaster. The audience members quizzed the director on a variety of issues ranging from his plans to do a third installment of this project focusing on the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico to the extent of the ecological disaster on neighboring states.

At the end of the session Cristine Torelli, Director of Alianza Francesa, told DREFF “We participated in this festival as we have a mission to support all cultures in addition to French culture. For this reason, we were delighted to participate in the event and thank DREFF for involving us.”

Bowermaster reflected on his experience at the DREFF stressing that “We have had serious, curious and interested audiences at every of our screenings this year. We did three shows in Santo Domingo, one in Puerto Plata, one in Santiago and each one has been incredibly different. I think that people are learning something from the films, which for me is the key.”

About After the Spill
Six years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in 2010, has life returned to normal along Louisiana’s coastline? Or has it been changed forever? When the well exploded we were putting the finishing touches on SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories, which we’d begun filming in 2008. That film captured a way of life in SoLa pre-spill that many now believe will never return.

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