Lightyear Releases Award Winning Documentary Oil on Ice
Provocative and Controversial Eco-Political Film Will Incense & Educate
NEW YORK: Lightyear Entertainment is releasing Oil on Ice, considered one of the most controversial eco-political films in recent years. This award-winning documentary gives an insight into the pristine lands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the rights of Alaskan natives, alternative energy solutions and the shocking spoilage that still exists 16 years after the Exxon Valdez spill.
Being released August 9, the one-hour documentary takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the controversy over drilling for oil in one of Americaâ€™s last great wild places. The Arctic Refuge, which sits at the center of the national energy debate and faces its greatest threat, will again be addressed in Congress this fall.
A thinking personâ€™s film, Oil on Ice contrasts visually stunning footage of a pristine land with the ugly and destructive side-effects of oil drilling activities. The film explains how the fate of the Refuge is inextricably linked to decisions our nation makes about energy policy and transportation choices while the livelihood of Native Alaskans and the survival of migratory wildlife are caught in the balance.
â€œEven with the best of intentions and most sincere promises of responsibility, safety and minimal impact, the oil business is vulnerable in the hands of human error and mother nature,â€ commented Dale Djerassi, Producer/Director of Oil on Ice. â€œAmerica remembers the Exxon Valdez disaster, but our film shows the aftermath. Sixteen years have passed and there are still gobs of oil under the rocks in Prince William Sound, marine life productivity continues to decline and Exxon has yet to pay damages to the residents in the spill zone. As we consider the fate of the Refuge, the fact remains that even if we never again witness a disaster of this magnitude, daily drilling operations will disrupt wildlife and forever change the pristine and majestic landscape of a national treasure."
Co-produced and co-directed by award winners Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart and executive produced by Steve Michelson of Lobitos Creek Ranch, Oil on Ice was selected to open this yearâ€™s United Nations World Environment Day 2005 Green Screen Environmental Film Festival and has recently won a number of awards including the prestigious Pare Lorenz Award from the International Documentary Association where Fahrenheit 911 and Born into Brothels also won awards.
Oil on Ice depicts scenes that are at once shocking and tragic, then inspirational and hopeful. They provide a unique perspective on where we find ourselves between free enterprise, public policy and environmental concerns and bring to life the consequences associated with the choices we make.
Oil on Ice will be available at online outlets like Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com, and at retail and video stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.oilonice.org.
About Oil on Ice
OIL ON ICE (www.oilonice.org) is a multi-faceted media project about the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and the conflict over drilling for oil there. The one-hour
documentary film, WebDVD and Website examine the battle over one of Americaï¿½s last great
wild places, which is currently at the center of a national energy debate. OIL ON ICE shows
how the fate of the refuge is inextricably linked to decisions our nation makes about energy
policy, transportation choices, and other seemingly unrelated matters. And as the film concludes,
the culture and livelihood of the native Gwichï¿½in Indians and the survival of migratory wildlife
are caught in the balance.