Pretty Slick
Pretty Slick
Pretty Slick
Item#: PSL-1091
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Running Time: 71 minutes
A Film by James Fox
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
Grades - High School to Adult



"Highly Recommended. Painstakingly researched....It is simply a definitive work on this topic for mainstream consumption. By some estimates, this catastrophe was the largest human-made disaster the world has ever seen. This outstanding documentary turns an account of this catastrophe into a dismaying case study of corporate corruption and government complacence."
Educational Media Reviews Online

"Editor's Choice. Highly Recommended. Highlights the errors and omissions that led to the incident and controversial cleanup efforts. Extraordinary video footage and scientific testing done by the documentary crew emphasizes the need for better regulations and supervision related to offshore drilling.  The documentary avoids sensationalism and backs viewpoints with expert interviews and facts."
Science Books and Films

"Starred Review. Exposes a huge cover-up by BP in using the toxic Corexit, which has been compared to the defoliant Agent Orange.  The film’s profound facts and opinions make it useable in classes studying environmental science, ethics, and communication."
School Library Journal

"The story of BP’s cover-up of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can’t be told better than Pretty Slick tells it. The camera evidence is there, the scientists are there, and the fishermen who watched as BP used toxic dispersants to sink the oil to the bottom of the sea… to hide it and to reduce their liability… these fishermen are there too. The level of corruption and deceit by BP is almost overwhelming and makes Pretty Slick’s tale pretty sickening. It also tells a terribly disappointing tale of state and federal officials deceiving their own citizen and endangering thousands, if not millions."
Jill Godmilow, Professor Emerita, Dept of Film, Television & Theatre, University of Notre Dame

"Pretty Slick is an excellent film...about far more than the DWH oil spill, it is about the absolute necessity of securing the future health and sustainability of our oceans."
Dr. Samantha Joye, Ph.D., Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia

"A film that should be seen by everyone who cares about the future of our oceans."
– Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist, NOAA





Official Selection
Thin Red Line Festival
All prices include DVD and PPR

• K-12 Schools, Public Libraries & Community Groups: $89
• Colleges, Government, Businesses: $250
• Colleges, Government, Businesses (with DSL): $550

Narrated by Peter Coyote

Pretty Slick is the first film to fully reveal the devastating, untold story of BP’s Corexit coverup following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The spill is well-known as one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.  But what is not well-known is that BP, with U.S. government approval, attempted to sink the oil rather than clean it up, using the controversial dispersant Corexit -- and then covered up the practice. Some estimates are that 75% of the oil, 150 million gallons, is still unaccounted for.

When filmmaker James Fox learned of this, he began a three year investigation, digging far deeper than any media outlet or film previously, to find the truth about the dispersant use and coverup. Pretty Slick questions whether public safety and environmental health took a backseat to restoring the tourist-based economy, and exposes the symbiosis between big oil and the U.S. government, which was as deep as the ocean is blue. 

Fox was on the ground and in the air with leading scientists, fisherman and other locals at the peak of the disaster, then returned for each of the three following years.  During one visit, Fox met with Dr. Samantha Joye, who had traveled 5000 feet below the Gulf on a submarine to witness first-hand the spill's impact on the sea-bed floor.

Despite the disaster, and subsequent revelations, Pretty Slick notes there has been little or no federal action to make oil drilling safer or prevent the use of toxic dispersants in the next spill.


•Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist, NOAA
•Dr. Samantha Joye, Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia
•Dr. Carl Safina, President, Blue Ocean Institute, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow