The Runner

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Austin Stark
Production: Alchemy
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

A day and a half after

Deepwater Horizon exploded,

the flames, fed by crude

from the bottom of the sea,

were simply too big to contain.

For the families

of the 11 missing crew members,

hope of their rescue is fading.

The search for survivors

will end before dawn tomorrow.

The forced feeding of mud and cement

into the well failed to work.

The well continues to spew oil

with the force of seven fire hoses.

Today, that slick is 12 miles long,

covering 100 square miles.

Winds are coming from the south

and they're strong,

about 30 miles an hour,

pushing that oil towards the coast.

Congressman, all of our sites

are outlined here.

We've got our east operations

all the way up here.

Over here, our west operations.

Up here we're working with local Indian

tribes to protect their burial grounds.

How you doing on boom supply?

Hard boom we clean and reuse,

so we're good there.

Soft boom needs to be replaced

when it's oil soaked, so...

demand is never ending.

It's something new.

It's something we had to figure out

on our own because we're shrimpers.

We didn't know nothing about

cleaning up oil until last week.

Floyd told me you got six boats.

- BP contract them all?

- Two of them.

The other four shut down

because we ain't allowed to shrimp.

How much are they paying you?

1350 a day a boat.

And out of that I got to pay for fuel,

crew, all the other expenses.

- Normally you'd be making what? 35?

- Yeah.

Going to have to start

laying off workers soon.

First Katrina took it away and now BP.

What you going to do?

The chair recognizes the gentleman

from Louisiana, Mr. Pryce.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Today we saw reports

that BP's spill in the Gulf

has grown to nearly 20 million gallons,

which is roughly twice

the size of Exxon Valdez.

This is the most devastating man-made

environmental disaster in U.S. history.

It's also an economic

and cultural disaster.

People of the Gulf Coast

will be living with this reality

long after the TV cameras have gone home

and the nation's attention

has turned elsewhere.

Long after the politicians

have finished making their statements,

these people will continue to suffer.

Today I'm not a federal official.

Today I'm a resident

of the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

These fishermen,

these restaurant owners,

these folks who run the bait shops

and the corner stores,

they're people I grew up with.

They're people my parents grew up with.

People I look in the eye

every single day.

They've never asked

for a handout in their lives.

They've bled for this country, their sons

and daughters have bled for this country,

and right now they need our help.

They need firm commitments

from BP and the government

that'll not just help them rebuild,

but that'll assure them

we stand by their side.

That we have their backs

just like they've had ours.

Everything I know,

everything I love is at risk.

And even though these marshes

lie along coastal Louisiana...

these are America's wetlands.

And even though this is

British Petroleum's spill...

it is America's ocean.

Excuse me, I'd just like to submit

the rest of my statement for the record.

Thank you.

Been calling the house.

I needed time to clear my head.

That was quite a show you put on.

It wasn't a show. I dropped the lines

about the necessity for a central czar.

- Most important part of the speech.

- You were honest.

- And that's the way it came off.

- No, I was weak.

You haven't heard.

- Who else picked it up?

- Everyone.

Today it appears the sun is shining

on a Louisiana congressman nobody knows.

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Austin Stark

Austin Stark (born May 31, 1979) is an American film producer, writer, and director. He is one of the founding partners of Paper Street Films, a film production and finance company based in New York City. more…

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