“This documentary is the best made documentary on the issues facing us and our relation to the land in Louisiana…
It asks all the right questions.
It is beautifully paced and beautifully photographed.” ~ Darrell Bourque, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana
“I truly admire the film…very complex interweaving of concepts, politics, and issues, and a clear, compelling argument with gorgeous editing.” ~Patty Zimmerman, Professor and Director of Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Coastlines around the globe are threatened by climate change. Louisiana’s coast may be the most threatened in the world. But it’s not only the hurricanes or oil spills that endanger Louisiana.
Southern Louisiana is one of the fastest disappearing land masses on the globe. A football field of land disappears every 45 minutes in Louisiana. An area the size of Delaware has eroded since the 1930’s. In 50 years, Louisiana may not extend much beyond New Orleans.
Veins in the Gulf (78 minutes, 2012) is a documentary that traces the environmental crisis of southern Louisiana, the political challenges surrounding coastal flooding and the rapidly disappearing bayou culture. We witness as the community tries to solve its environmental crisis and relentlessly searches for strategies to restore the coastline.
Interviews with scientists, musicians and engineers, starting before Katrina and continuing through the BP oil disaster, are narrated by Louisiana writer Martha Serpas. Serpas guides the audience through stories of land loss, new engineering strategies, and oil-damaged marshes. Her poetry reminds the viewer where great American literature, music, and seafood have come from for the past century.
Louisiana’s story is a compelling example of how coastal communities around the globe will have to come together to deal with environmental changes throughout the next century.
Produced, directed, and edited by Elizabeth Coffman and Ted Hardin