Fifty years ago an oil spill united a community and changed the world forever



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Santiago Independent Film Award
Finalist, Ted Turner Prize for Environmental Stewardship
Finalist, Best Special Focus Documentary, LA Femme Film Festival

Producer Nancy Black and director Isaac Hernández interviewed at LA Femme

Official Selection of:
2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2019 Bozeman International Film Festival, 2019 LA Femme Film Festival, 2019 Santa Barbara Surf Film Festival, 2020 Nature Track Film Festival, 2020 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, 2020 Earth Day Film Festival 

Better Together oil spill movie poster - Narrated by Christopher Lloyd

The 1969 Union Oil blowout mobilized the Santa Barbara community to fight for the environment, inspiring the creation of many nonprofit organizations, Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency and the first interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. The legacy of the oil spill continues to inform this community, which keeps coming together, providing local solutions to global environmental problems, exemplified when over 3,000 volunteers joined the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to dig mud from homes after the deadly 2018 debris flow.

“We all feel like we’re part of an ecosystem, that there’s an ecology of our relationships, so that what affects one person, affects us all in some way. We’re tied in an inescapable web of mutuality and interdependence." — David Pellow, Chair, UCSB Environmental Studies Program

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Featuring these organizations: Barbara; African Women Rising; Chumash Maritime Association; Citizen's Planning Association of Santa Barbara County; Committees for Land, Air, Water and Species; Community Environmental Council; Direct Relief; Environmental Defense Center; Food and Water Watch; Get Oil Out!; Gaviota Coast Conservancy; Habitat for Humanity of Santa Barbara County; Mission Blue; Montecito Trails Foundation; Santa Barbara Audubon Society, Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade; Santa Barbara Channelkeeper; Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue; Santa Barbara Declaration of Environmental Rights; Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network; SB Strong; Sierra Club Santa Barbara; The Solutions Project; UCSB Environmental Studies Program