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CRUDE Available on DVD!

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The CRUDE DVD is finally here!  Named one of 2009’s Best Documentary Films by the National Board of Review, CRUDE officially hits the stands February 23rd, but it looks like our distributors at First Run Features are ready to ship this week. Own one of the top rated films of 2009, and share this important story with friends and family.

Bonus features include deleted scenes, an interview with filmmaker Joe Berlinger and activist Trudie Styler, Sundace and Ecuadorean premiere footage, 5.1 surround sound, and more!

Buy your copy today!

CRUDE nominated for an NAACP Image Award!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

logoLast week CRUDE obtained a nomination for Outstanding Documentary at the 41st NAACP Image Awards!  We are extremely honored to be nominated for this award and proud to be in the company of our esteemed nominees!  Winners will be announced live, Friday February 26th at 8/7c on FOX.  For more information visit

NYT’s Manohla Dargis Calls CRUDE One of Her Favorite Films of ‘09!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

In reflecting on the year in cinema, New York Times critic Manohla Dargis named CRUDE one of her “favorite films of the year.”

CRUDE Wins Grand Prix @ 27e Festival du Film International d’Environnement!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009


Screening in competition alongside other festival favorites including Food, Inc. and The Age of Stupid, Crude received the highest honor at the oldest environmental film festival in Europe!

Crude’s director, Joe Berlinger, was in Paris last week to receive the award.  “I am thrilled that international audiences continue to embrace the film and its important story,” he says. “To be recognized by an institution with as much history as the Environmental International Film Festival is a tremendous gift.”

Click here to see the festival’s complete program.

Crude Behavior on Vashon Island

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Vashon Theatre

Our hearts go out to our friends at the Vashon Theatre today, as the Vashon Island, WA cinema, which was scheduled to play CRUDE, had to postpone the screening due to serious equipment theft.  Vashon Theatre managers arrived to work yesterday morning to find that the theater’s digital projector, DVD players, flat screen monitor, cash, and keys had been stolen from the premises.

It is difficult enough for independent theaters to keep afloat in the current economic climate without additional burdens. We’re deeply troubled by the robbery and hope the local police will find the perpetrator(s). If you have any information on the incident, we urge you to contact the local King County authorities at (206) 296 – 3311.


Joe Berlinger on “The Bob Edwards Show” 10.30.09

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Listen to Joe Berlinger on The Bob Edwards Show!  To download click here.

“Ecuador’s Oily Mess”

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Watch Joe Berlinger, Amazon Defense Coalition’s Luis Yanza, and Chevron’s Don Campbell discuss and debate the case on Al Jazeera International’s Riz Kahn (10.29.2009).

CRUDE In Our Own Backyard?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

With all of the outrage Crude engenders regarding what happened in Ecuador in the past, one of the things that rarely comes up when discussing the film is the lesson this story can teach us about the future. But George Santayana’s famous adage that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” could not be more apropos.

Many of us on the Crude filmmaking team are based in New York City, where the tap water is some of the cleanest in the country, and a debate is currently raging over drilling for natural gas that could threaten our drinking water.

Our friends at Riverkeeper oppose the drilling plan. Those who support the drilling maintain that with today’s technology, nothing bad could happen.  While the plaintiffs in Ecuador charge that Texaco used practices that were outdated even in the 1960s when drilling there began, are we really so arrogant to think that there will be no errors that could contaminate our reservoirs? And is a resource as vital as clean drinking water really something that we are willing to gamble on?

When looking at the Ecuador story, it’s easy to believe that something like this could never happen here in the U.S. But unfortunately, similar stories are more common than we’d like to think. Communities across the country have been fighting the extractive industries for decades, attempting to hold big business accountable for putting profits ahead of the health and safety of our people and the environment. Just this week, a jury found Exxon Mobil liable for contaminating New York City’s groundwater with a gasoline additive and has awarded the city $105 million.

Crude seems more timely than ever.

-Michael Bonfiglio
Producer/2nd Unit Director

GUEST POST: Live from Denver, Peter Maass reports on our CRUDE WORLD

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

(We are pleased to welcome special guest blogger Peter Maass, acclaimed journalist and author of the new book Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, which includes a chapter on the Ecuador story. Peter sends us a report from the ASPO 2009 International Peak Oil Conference in Denver.)

When a grown man wakes up in the morning and dresses in a yellow chicken suit, he is hopefully heading to work as a mascot for a sports team. Not so with the men in chicken suits whom I saw protesting outside a Denver conference on peak oil on Monday. The guys in yellow were distributing flyers from an energy firm that wanted everyone to know that apparently the sky is not falling in terms of oil supply; there’s more than enough crude out there if only, these talking Chicken Littles said, we would drill baby, drill.

Peter MaassWhether the proponents are dressed as animals or not, one of the annoying aspects of the let’s-drill-more-wells argument is that it doesn’t address the environmental damage in countries that do not have the will or the power to enforce pollution regulations. While researching my book on oil, one of the most ironic sights I came across was in Nigeria, where the extraction facilities in the Niger Delta are akin to high-tech fortresses in a panorama of poverty and violence. I saw oil wells that dripped fluids into the creeks, and my canoe glided on water coated with a film of crude. I nonetheless noticed a sign at one facility, run by Shell, that encouraged everyone to “Keep Nigeria Safe and Clean.”

A consequence of America’s relatively strict environmental regulations (not strict enough for everyone, I know) is that we don’t see and don’t really know the earthly disasters that irresponsible extractive practices cause in other countries. We are, for instance, the largest purchaser of crude from Ecuador, where a terrible mess was left behind by Texaco when it handed over its concession after more than two decades of reckless operations. In environmental terms, the sky has already fallen in Ecuador, where you can smell oil in the air as you drive through the despoiled Oriente region. I hope the men who dressed as chickens, or the people who paid them to do so, take the time on Friday to attend the Denver screenings of “Crude,” Joe Berlinger’s powerful documentary about Ecuador. They can dress however they like.

-Peter Maass

CRUDE opens in Denver at the Landmark Mayan 10/16 for ONE WEEK ONLY

Crude to Hit UK Theatres in January

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

capp_whereyagoinWEBWe are pleased to announce that Dogwoof Films will be releasing Crude theatrically in the UK beginning January 15th, 2010! Please check back for updates on exact playdates/locations.