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Feb 28, 2017

“Find another way.”

We all know the power of movies to move us. EMMY-winning documentary filmmaker – and co-executive producer of the masterful documentary “Dispatches From the Gulf” about the scientific impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – Marilyn Weiner talks with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about the ups and downs of using filmmaking to spread the environmental message, and this kind of career.

This masterful documentary on the Gulf oil spill, released recently with 50 individual shorts, tells the story of how a large group of scientists who never knew each other before collaborated to explore what happened scientifically to the Gulf as a result of the massive BP oil spill and what they found that can help us in many fields.

You’ll learn about:

  • The unique role of the documentarian to be an observer – to “document” – and how to do it right.
  • Fundraising for these documentaries.
  • What she learned about scientists while making “Dispatches From the Gulf.”
  • Telling the story – deciding what to use of 80+ hours of footage.
  • Multi-purposing footage.
  • Navigating a career in documentaries.

You’ll also want to listen to Joan’s interview with Dr. Rita Colwell, Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the organization behind the documentary and the scientists. (The Initiative is funded by BP as part of their restitution, but is completely independent.) Go to or iTunes or any of GCR's publishing outlets.

To learn more about Marilyn Weiner (and get the link to “Dispatches From the Gulf”) and Green Connections Radio, go to

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