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‘The Rising’ Charts the Health and Environmental Dangers of the BP Oil Spill

"I am not sure what the argument against protecting human health can be."

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The Rising

Logline: Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the risk of chemical illness when the U.S. government and BP sprayed millions of gallons of toxic dispersants in the BP Horizon Disaster ‘clean-up’ operations.

Elevator Pitch:

An acclaimed filmmaker turns his lens to the frontlines of the BP Horizon disaster and the large scale cover-up of the tragic health effects following the infamous spill in 2010, in an upcoming documentary called “The Rising.” The film exposes the true health effects for tens of thousands of people and the ramifications of unregulated corporate power and government collusion to our nation. This story is pressing as, remarkably, the toxic chemicals used in the oil spill are presently cleared for use all over the world, exposing hundreds of millions of people to an imminent and severe health risk.

Production Team:

Mark Manning, Director/Producer, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and director of internationally-acclaimed films. Mark began his career as a deep-sea commercial diver for 20 years. He then traveled to Iraq soon after the Iraq war began and produced two award-winning documentaries: “Caught in the Crossfire” and “The Road to Fallujah.” Mark was the Co-Founder and Director of an international humanitarian relief organization specializing in delivering medical aid to combat zones in Iraq during the war.

Reuben Aaronson, Producer/Director of Photography, has shot and directed award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS, and many others. He has received awards ranging from Academy Awards to Emmys. His film “Amazon Gold,” narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally-mined gold.

Mark Monroe, Writer, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a long list of theatrical credits including: “The Cove,” “Last Play at Shea,” “The Pat Tillman Story,” “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos,” “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who,” “Morning Light.” In addition, Monroe has produced over fifty hours of biography-style television including: “Fearless,” “Beyond the Glory,” “Behind the Music,” “Intimate Portrait: Oksana Baiul,” “Project Greenlight,” “Titanic: Secrets Revealed,” “The Greatest: Muhammad Ali,” “Commander in Chief: Richard Nixon, George Bush & Bill Clinton,” “Extra,” and “Feed Your Mind.”

Andy Davis, Producer, is a successful feature film director and producer of sixteen theatrical films. He is best known for a series of studio films including “Holes,” “The Guardian” and “The Fugitive,” which received an Academy best picture nomination, and, for Davis, a Golden Globe and DGA awards nomination for Best Director.

Bill Haugse, Editing Supervisor, is Oscar-nominated for “Hoop Dreams”–which is widely considered to be one of the best documentary films of all time–and Emmy-nominated for Assassinated on TBS, he has edited approximately one hundred films, including over thirty hours for television network broadcast. Other notable films include “Sunset Story,” “Stevie,” “Cattle Annie and Little Britches,” “No Impact Man,” and “Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Green.”

About the Film:

“As a former oil field diver, I have worked in the offshore business for 20 years – on well blow-outs and deep water rigs. I was not anti-oil, but if it has come to poisoning and killing people to stay on oil then it’s time to find another way. I am not sure what the argument against protecting human health can be.” – Mark Manning, Director, “The Rising”

Current Status: Currently in Post Production Funding Phase on Indiegogo.

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