Stories from the DEEPWATER HORIZON health crisis


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Bring to light the silenced voices of America’s largest environmental disaster.

The Rising exposes a grave and hidden threat to the American public. Beginning as an expose of the 2010 BP disaster, the film uncovers an ominous reality: public health issues have been largely and purposefully left out of equation of the worlds energy industry. In fracking, deep-water drilling, disasters, refineries and pipelines … there is a consistent, frightening and deadly truth: public health is not realistically protected and the general public is unaware of this danger. If it were, everything would change.

Set against the backdrop of the 2010 BP spill, the film follows a select group of iconic characters fighting to save their lives, families and communities. Theirs is a fight to get the truth out against the collusion of overwhelming corporate and political power.

Mark Manning, an oil field diver turned award-winning investigative filmmaker, directs the Rising.


About The Film

As we run out of cheap fossil fuels and expand extreme drilling, America’s oil operations are becoming more toxic and dangerous. Experiments like fracking, deep water drilling, and mountaintop removal put millions of Americans in harm’s way. But because government and corporations are not testing oil cleanup methods, frontline communities face the risk of chemical illness when the next disaster happens – just like the thousands who fell sick after the BP spill.

If we tell this story, and demand that oil and gas operations be proven safe for public health, millions of Americans will be protected. The solution is a certified, grassroots training for medical personnel to diagnose chemical illnesses, shown in the film and happening right now.

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Mark-ManningMark Manning,

Mark’s Bio

Reuben AaronsonReuben Aaronson,
Producer/Director of Photography

Reuben’s Bio

Jeff SaganskyJeff Sagansky,
Executive Producer

Jeff’s Bio

Andrew DavisAndy Davis,

Andy’s Bio

Mark MonroeMark Monroe,

Mark’s Bio

Chris_C-bioCris Cazor,
Cinematographer/ Editor/ Associate Producer

Cris’s Bio

NadineNadine N. Manning,
Campaign Manager/Director of PR & Communications

Nadine’s Bio

MarcelaMarcela Villegas Castanon,

Marcela’s Bio

kawika's-bioKawika Kim,
Development Consultant

Kawika’s Bio

RagsChris Ragland,
Creative Design

Chris’s Bio