PMA Podcast: SPILL

April 25, 2019

In episode 23 of the PMA Podcast, Dr. Sara Warner, associate professor of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), meets with Caitlin Kane, PhD student in PMA, to discuss her production of SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski (April 26–May 4).

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig set off the largest marine oil spill in history. The blowout killed eleven workers, injured dozens of others, and caused lasting environmental and economic repercussions in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine years later, how has the oil industry and our reliance on fossil fuels changed? How do the stories of those directly affected help us to make sense of climate change and economic inequality?

Developed from hundreds of interviews with survivors of the disaster and the families of those who lost their lives, Leigh Fondakowski’s SPILL explores the human stories behind the headlines.

Photos from SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski, directed by Caitlin Kane, April 26–May 4, 2019. Credit: Rachel Philipson Photography.