LUBE JOB: HOW LOUISIANA GOT SCREWED is the untold story of Louisiana's deal with the devil. The feature length documentary exposes the shocking truth behind two of the greatest man-made disasters in America - the failure of New Orleans' floodwalls after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the epic British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. How is it possible that two man-made disasters strike the same region in the same decade? Surprisingly, both cataclysmic events can be traced to the same hand: the mighty oil and gas giants.
Nearly a decade in the making - told through the eyes of five colorful and charismatic Cajun fishermen and trappers - LUBE JOB takes an in-depth look at Louisiana's century-old relationship with oil and gas, and the resulting environmental holocaust gradually laying waste to its treasured wetlands, revered fishing trade and age old way of life.
From the industry's humble beginning in 1901 to a historic 2014 lawsuit that dares to hold the energy giants accountable, LUBE JOB explores decades of corruption at the state level. It offers proof of the industry's knowledge and intent, disclosing shameful internal memos and dramatic photographic imagery that attest to a century of destruction. It reveals - for the first time on film - the stunning, unfamiliar shape of the United States' southern border no Louisiana politician or oil company executive wants you to see, and explains why Louisiana may have far more to gain than it stands to lose.
Award winning director and producer, Guy Hernandez and Stephanie Kovac respectively, blend spectacular visual imagery with ambitious storytelling to deliver a blockbuster that exposes strange bedfellows and beckons the nation to demand answers before it's too late. Why does the state allow the industry to operate like a runaway train? With much of the state's culture dependent on the water for survival, why is fuel more important than fish? And, why are residents seemingly powerless to save this enchanted land?
“Highly Recommended. Editor’s Choice. Uses excellent footage and narration to build a story about the environmental impacts of the petroleum industry in southern Louisiana. The video covers the history of the southern Louisiana oil boom of the 1900s and works its way into an account of environmental injustice and corporate greed. The environmental impacts explained in the explanations are scientifically accurate and free from sensationalism.” — Science Books and Films, a publication of The American Association for the Advancement of Science