Set in the Deep South three years after the 2010 BP oil disaster, Rising Up is a character driven documentary in production that follows ordinary citizens as they struggle to meet the devastating long-term consequences of the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. Over a four state area, a major health crisis is surfacing due to BP’s use of toxic dispersants to sink the oil, a deadly move that made the spill 52 times more toxic. To date, there is no health campaign to address the region’s exposure to these deadly chemicals. The film follows a select group of iconic Americans as they fight to save their lives, families and communities.
Mark Manning, Director, Producer
Mark Manning is an award wining documentary filmmaker and director of the internationally acclaimed films including, The Road to Fallujah. Mark began his career as a deep sea commercial diver and plied his trade in the worlds oceans for 20 years. Immediately following the tragedy of 9/11, he put down his hard hat, picked up a camera and became an immersive filmmaker, traveling over 10,000 miles across America to make the feature documentary, American Voices – an in-depth look at the American culture and psyche following the crisis. Mark then traveled to Iraq soon after the Iraq war began. From that experience, he became the only westerner to live with the people of Fallujah after the city was destroyed and produced two award-winning documentaries: Caught in the Crossfire and The Road to Fallujah. Video Librarian rates The Road to Fallujah as one of the top-10 documentaries of 2012.
Unique to this project, he began his career as a deep-sea oil field diver. His 20 years of hands-on experience in the offshore oil industry running large offshore oil field operations including oil spill response and capping sub-sea leaking wellheads enables him to understand and address the complicated and mysterious nature of the offshore oil and marine industries. As an industry insider, his insights will uncover critical aspects of the drilling operations, spill and spill response failures.
Reuben Aaronson, Director of Photography
Aaronson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has traveled the world to shoot and direct award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS, and many others. From Academy Awards to Emmys, his work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity. His film Amazon Gold narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold.
Jeff Sagansky, Executive Producer
Past president of CBS Entertainment, co-president of Sony Pictures Entertainment and CEO of Paxson Communications, Sagansky is chairman of Winchester Capital Management, president of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. and partner in Hemisphere Media Capital.
Andy Davis, Producer
Davis is a successful feature film director and producer of 16-theatrical films. He is best known for a series of action films including The Fugitive for which he received nominations for Golden Globe and DGA awards for Best Director
Geoff Petch, Producer
Over the past nine years, Petch produced nine documentaries, writing four and directing two, in the main with Sagansky, which have been broadcast on A&E, History, Discovery, Fox and foreign. He also produced 210 five-minute documentary shorts and licensed 125 feature length documentaries for distribution.
Ethan Boehme, Film Editor
Boehme is a film editor that primarily works in documentary and independent film. He is known for his pacing and sensitivity to tone, as well as, his unique artistic perspectives and experimental style. Boehme works with world renowned photographers, musicians, journalists and artists to create powerful stories and unique short films, such as Ancient Marks, Sacred: Angkor Wat and Interviews 50 cents with Alex Chadwick which have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. Recently, Boehme co-created and edited The Making of Stony Island: Music Makes Us One, with Director, Andy Davis. Clients include Google, Samsung, EMI, A&E, The Annenburg Foundation, and PBS.
Bill Haugse, Editing Supervisor
Haugse is a documentary editor acknowledged for his excellent work on independent films and films for television. Nominated for an Oscar (Hoop Dreams) considered to be one of the best documentary films of all time and an Emmy ("Assassinated" TBS) he has edited approximately one hundred films, including 30 or so hours for television network broadcast (including PBS). Other notable films include Sunset Story (ITVS), Stevie (Lions Gate), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (Universal), No Impact Man (PBS), Adjust Your Color, The Story of Petey Green (ITVS). His current project is a series of 8 episodes for Netflix about a sensational murder case in Wisconsin.