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VANISHING PEARLS

DIRECTED BY NAILAH JEFFERSON

Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe à la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast, following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  This 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Official Selection delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, a generations-old community of black fishermen pledge to fight for justice, accountability and their way of life.


RELEASED BY ARRAY IN THEATERS APRIL 18, 2014

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PRESS

MSNBC | VANISHING PEARLS: Putting a face on environmental disasters

ARISE TV | Watch Director Nailah Jefferson of VANISHING PEARLS on ARISE 360

Huffington Post Live | BP Oil Spill Destroyed This Black Community

KPCC | 'Vanishing Pearls' doc shows the lasting effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Ebony | 'Vanishing Pearls' Tackles the BP Oil Spill

JET | "Vanishing Pearls" Highlights Black Oystermen

Village Voice | Critic's Pick: A Must-See Documentary, Vanishing Pearls Explores the Costs of the BP Oil Spill

New York Times | 'Vanishing Pearls' Looks at the Deepwater Horizon Spill

Los Angeles Times | 'Vanishing Pearls' shows fallout after Gulf disasters

Paste | Review: 'Vanishing Pearls'

ESSENCE | Nailah Jefferson: VANISHING PEARLS & Sharing Our Stories on Screen

Women & Hollywood | Nailah Jefferson: Getting to the Finish Line

Colorlines | New Orleans Filmmaker Spotlights Black Oystermen of Louisiana

Grist | How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species

Shadow & Act | Review: Nailah Jefferson's Doc 'Vanishing Pearls' Chronicles Tragic Impact of Envrionmental Disaster

Shadow & Act | Nailah Jefferson Talks Challenges of Directing Debut 'Vanishing Pearls' & 2010's Oil Spill Aftermath in Black Fishing Community

Blacktree TV | ‘Vanishing Pearls’ Director Nailah Jefferson on the BP Oil Spill

WCLK | Nailah Jefferson sat in for a conversation about VANISHING PEARLS and the ongoing tragedy of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

The Shadow League | 'Vanishing Pearls' Shows the Tragic Effects of Louisiana's Oil Spill

Cinema in Noir | Q&A with Nailah Jefferson on VANISHING PEARLS

Baret News | Vanishing Pearls: Gulf Oil Spill Pits Black Fisherman vs. BP in David vs. Goliath Documentary

Houstonia Magazine | VANISHING PEARLS documentary explores ongoing impact of Deepwater Horizon

Louis Proyect | Review: 'Vanishing Pearls' 

Wave | 'Vanishing Pearls' offers wisdom

Bold As Love | New Doc 'Vanishing Pearls' Tells Untold Story of Black Life in the Gulf Coast

Black Congolese | On Nailah Jefferson, Black Disaporan Cinema + Independent Filmmaking

Documentary.org | Meet the Filmmaker: Nailah Jefferson, Director/Producer of VANISHING PEARLS

Shadow & Act | AFFRM Sets Initial Theatrical Engagements For Gulf BP Oil Spill Doc 'Vanishing Pearls'

The Urban Daily | AFFRM Releases Film About BP Oil Spill Aftermath Called "Vanishing Pearls"

The Shadow League | AFFRM Acquires First Documentary with Vanishing Pearls

Women and Hollywood | AFFRM Acquires Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS

Colorlines | 'Vanishing Pearls' In Theaters Soon Via AFFRM/ARRAY 

The Times-Picayune | BP oil spill doc 'Vanishing Pearls,' focusing on plight of Louisiana fishers, picked up for distribution

Deadline | AFFRM Acquires Deepwater Horizon Doc 'Vanishing Pearls', Release to Coincide With 4th Anniversary of BP Oil Spill

Shadow & Act |  AFFRM's ARRAY Takes Worldwide Rights To Nailah Jefferson's Gulf BP Oil Spill Doc 'Vanishing Pearls'

IONCinema | Fisherman's Friend; AFFRM Nets Slamdance Preemed VANISHING PEARLS

BlackFilm.com | AFFRM's ARRAY To Release Nailah Jefferson's Gulf BP Oil Spill Doc 'Vanishing Pearls'