Thursday, February 24, 2011

Whitworth to host screening of documentary about Gulf Coast oil spill March 10

Who: Marc Gauthier, a Spokane native who produced the featured film, Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

What: A film screening and discussion of Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins

When: Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m.

Where: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Free admission. For more information, please call (509) 777-4401

Whitworth will host a screening of Gulf Coast Blues: Oil in Our Veins, a timely documentary that follows filmmaker Marc Gauthier as he travels to Louisiana in an attempt to volunteer and help clean up the nation's largest recorded oil spill. The film also documents BP's and the federal government's response to the crisis.

"Marc headed South, with no contacts or experience," says http://www.downtoearthnw.com/, a website that covers local and national news on conservation and sustainability. "He gathered a few donations, strapped his old sea kayak to the rental car and departed with a general plan of filming how one American might actually help fellow Americans."

Gauthier is a Spokane native who describes himself as a chef-scientist-filmmaker. Throughout the on-site filming in May 2010, Gauthier updated his website, http://soso.bbnow.org/ through podcasts and footage. The website was also the source of donations that made his journey possible.

Tad Wisenor, campaign director for the Whitworth Institutional Advancement Office, says the screening and discussion of the film are especially appropriate for Whitworth because of the university's commitment to exploring relevant issues and asking tough questions. Wisenor hopes the audience will be introduced to a unique perspective that will challenge them to consider their own thoughts on the issue.

Gauthier graduated from Evergreen College and is the former owner of Natural Start Bakery, in Spokane. He also produced the film From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contact:

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703, or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.