Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Dispatches from the Gulf

Friday, March 25, 2016
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Baird Auditorium
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
United States

 Image credit: Dispatches from the Gulf


Dispatches from the Gulf (USA, 2016, 56 min.) World Premiere

The environmental desolation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 sparked the largest coordinated oceanic research effort in history: as contamination spread across the Gulf of Mexico, an international community of scientists joined forces to understand and mitigate the impacts of petroleum pollution.

Dispatches from the Gulf, the newest installment of the Journey To Planet Earth series narrated by Matt Damon, reports from the frontlines of this groundbreaking initiative, demonstrating how research helps us remedy even our most disastrous failures. Directed and produced by Hal and Marilyn Weiner.

Followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers Hal and Marilyn Weiner, microbiologist expert, Dr. Rita Colwell, Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, Dr. Martin Grosell, and Professor of Population and Marine Ecosystems, Steven Murawski, moderated by Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Kirk Johnson.  

This program is offered as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Anthropocene: Life in the Age of Humans series. For more information about the series, visit

Part of the 2016 Environmental Film Festival at NMNH

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