Black Tide: Voices From The Gulf (Animal Planet)

On April 20, 2010, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig left a tragic loss of life in its wake and devastated the culture and spirit of Gulf Coast businesses and residents. Veteran documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (CRUDE, PARADISE LOST Trilogy, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER) and his crew track the lives of Louisianans living in the aftermath of the largest offshore oil spill in American history. BLACK TIDE: VOICES FROM THE GULF explores how 200 million gallons of oil forever changed a way of life and how the region is rebuilding and finding new ways to survive. Over the course of the year following the spill, Berlinger and his crew embedded themselves in the region and gained intimate access to people from all walks of life including commercial fisherman, an individual on the Deepwater Horizon rig, scientific experts and representatives from BP and the U.S. government.  Through persistence and perseverance, the team gained access to intimate and important stories, in particular BP’s clean-up operation. Through these first-hand accounts, this feature-length documentary paints a picture of the short-term and potential long-term effects of the spill on the people and animals that call the rich Gulf waters home.


Joe Berlinger
Producer/2nd Unit Director
Jay Heyman
Gabriel Rhodes
Executive Producers
Jon Kamen
Robert Friedman
Justin Wilkes
Director of Photography
Bob Richman
Music by
Morris and Young
Co-Executive Producer
Joe Berlinger