Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Christi Cooper, Devon Riter, Danny Schmidt

The Sunrise People is about the subsistent lifestyle and the importance of shrimping in the Attakapa-Ishak culture. The Attakapa-Ishak are one of the oldest Native American tribes in the Gulf Region. Their home today is in Grand Bayou Village in Plaquemines Parish, LA. The BP Oil Disaster has greatly affected their lives – not only is shrimping their major source of income, but it is a major part of their culture, their heritage, and their food source. Join us for a small glimpse into the lives of the Philippe family, directly before the oil hit their shores. This story is far from over...

Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Devon Riter

Rosina Philippe, a community leader and a member of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe, calls for honesty and reform from the government with regard to the BP drilling disaster. She insists that the local people and communities need to know the truth and should be involved in the solutions.

Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Devon Riter

Danny Phillips, a shrimp fisherman from Grand Bayou Village, shares his concerns about the future of fishermen in the Gulf Coast region.

Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Christi Cooper

Dr. Gina Solomon is a senior scientific advisor for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She and other scientists have volunteered their time to help with sampling oil-affected regions and educating local fishermen about the dangers of exposure to the oil.

Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Christi Cooper

Dr. Earthea Nance is a scientist from the University of New Orleans, who has been involved in community outreach for local fishing communities. Together with Dr. Gina Solomon (NRDC), she has been measuring air and water quality in the Gulf Coast areas that have been affected by the BP oil drilling disaster.

Produced by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Directed by Christi Cooper, Devon Riter

Camera: Christi Cooper

Sound: Devon Riter

Editing: Devon Riter

Afterjust beginning to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Byron Encalad, an oyster fisherman from the bayou, shares his concerns about the effects of the BP drilling disaster on the local communities and fishing industry.