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We started filming at Refugio State Park the afternoon that Plains All-American Pipeline, line 901, burst on May 19, 2015 spilling 140,000 gallons of crude oil onto the Gaviota coast and into the ocean. Crude oil tumbled in the surf, sent toxic fumes in the air, and killed sea life as the Coast Guard struggled to respond.

It's a one-hour environmental story with a peek back at the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 that helped launch the environmental movement, EPA, and clean air and water laws, and a look forward to a fossil free future.

Thank you to our backers

About the Film

93 backers contributed over $13,000 through our Kickstarter Campaign. This enabled us to complete BROKE and submit it to film festivals. A huge thank you to all who contributed, including:

Anonymous, Angela Antenore, Dennis Allen, Katy Allen, Owen Bailey, Susan Becker, James Bell and Rita Bright, Alli Benson in recognition of Michael Smith, Tabitha Benney, Julie Hambrook Berkman, Melissa Bower, Janet Blevins, Katya Bloom, Margaret Connell, Janette Cross, Lilyan Cutler, Mimi deGruy, Diyana Dobberteen, Shannon Dybvig, Joy Dryden, Florence Falk, K., D. and J. Falk, Steve Ferry, Cate Garvey, Liz Gaspar, Leland Gohl, Clive Gray, Tonia Gray Guerrero, Dan Guttman & Zhenxi Zhong in loving memory of Luna, Michael Hanrahan, Roger Himovitz, Gary & Helena Hill, Sara Hughes, Richard Hunt, Donanne Hunter, Cynthia O'brien & Mike Fitzpatrick, Jean Kaplan, Leslie King, Karen Kraus, Linda Krop in honor of Owen Bailey, Nancy G. Krop & J. Mike Hedblom, Wes Herman, Amardeep Kaur, Robin Krop, Allan McCarthy, Marc McGinnes, Doug Miller, Annie Moore, Anthony & Ravae Moran, Alex & Ken Palley, Pipeline Safety Trust, Beth Pitton-August, Linda Phillips, Chris & Leslie Rimmer, Jane & Larry Rosen, Sarah C. Semegen, Lynn Lincoln Sarko, Wendy Shelton, Susan Shields, Liam & Sierra Spiteri, Jack & Judy Stapelmann, Eric Swenumson, Gabriel Tempesta Art and Illustration, Phil Thorne, Gail Ward, Mike and Cean Weber, Pam & Bob Wilkinson, Ann Wiltzius, Steve Windhager & Pamme Mickelson, Lynda Weinman, Durwood Zaelke


Above: Volunteer rinses an oiled pelican

Below: Released pelican wearing satellite tag

The film highlights the reaction of citizens who came together in protest marches and healing ceremonies, rescued birds and marine mammals, cleaned the oil off our beaches, and demanded more stringent spill prevention and response. The community's actions stand in stark contrast to the insensitivity of the oil industry and particularly Plains All-American Pipeline, Ltd.  Plains still faces both criminal and civil lawsuits.