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Oil & WaterOn Screen/In Person Film Series

October 10, 2017  ·  Bruce Montgomery Theatre

Director/Producer/Writer/Development Francine Strickwerda 
Director/Producer/Writer/Camera Laurel Spellman Smith
Editor and Post Supervisor Tracy Dethlefs
Cinematographer Diana Wilmar 
Composer Erik Aho
Full Credits

One was born there. One was drawn there. The Amazon needs them both. For 20 years, oil companies dumped 18 billion gallons of toxic waste in Ecuador’s rainforest. Oil & Water portrays this environmental disaster from the unique perspectives of young people at both ends of the spectrum - Hugo Lucitante fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David Poritz, from Amherst, MA, attempts to revolutionize the oil industry with a fair trade certification system. Oil & Water is a sobering look at the enormous pressures David and Hugo face, while also demonstrating how two determined people can make an impact in the world.

The On Screen/In Person Film Series offers a handpicked selection of six independent American films throughout the 17/18 season. The filmmaker(s) will do a Q&A following each screening, providing an in-depth look at the films and their respective topics and issues. View the whole series >>

  • Tuesday, October 10 @ 7 PM


Insights Events

Stay after the screening for a Q&A with director Francine Strickwerda and David Poritz, who is featured in the film. This discussion will be facilitated by Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn.

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.