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Indie band The New Pornographers and Oxfam debut music video on Gulf Coast recovery

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Big news, all: I’m very proud to present the world debut of Oxfam America’s video for the song “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk” by iconic indie-rockers The New Pornographers.

And this isn’t your ordinary music video. Produced and directed by Oxfam’s Shannon Hart-Reed, it focuses on the aftermath of the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

The Gulf Coast oil spill is making headlines right now as one of the biggest stories of the year. But come January 2011, we don’t want the most vulnerable people in this area to be forgotten. Today, over six months after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities affected by one of the worst environmental disasters in US history are fighting to make their voices heard loud and clear. Oxfam is working with these communities to ensure that the recovery process doesn’t pass over those most affected by this disaster. (Learn more about Oxfam’s work in the US.)

When The New Pornographers and I first connected, they were concerned about the fact that media coverage of the oil spill appeared to be waning, and wanted to know if Oxfam America wanted to partner on creating a video that might remind music fans and others that the situation there was not going away any time soon. So naturally, we jumped at the chance to work with the band to create something that would be meaningful, emotional, and memorable.

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Carl, Neko, and Kathryn of The New Pornographers.

“To see New Orleans and the outlying areas go through Katrina and then have the Gulf oil spill a couple of years later, it’s just such a devastating series of events,” says The New Pornographers member Neko Case in a special intro to the video. “And there’s a lot of culture, and a lot of people’s hearts in that place… we really need to support them and show them we haven’t forgotten.”

So, in that same spirit, we encourage you to share this video as widely as you can, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Help us use the power of music to spread the word that the problems in the Gulf still remain—and that solutions are possible.

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    Biggest headline for this year yes, but devastating for this region, not just for Louisiana, but the entire western hemisphere. No amount of monetary compensation will make up for what has been and will be lost, culturally, socially and environmentally on a local, national and regional scale. What kind of legacy are we leaving the future?


    Cool video – terrible tragedy for millions of people, animals, the earth – hope people continue to keep focus on it, continue to try to help. Hope we learn from it – that it won’t be permitted to happen again. Thanks for remiding me.

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    It is absolutely true that the Gulf oil spill was a crime of the first magnitude; it was a devastating man made event, a true case of the greedy versus the other inhabitants of this earth, most directly those along the Gulf coast.

    However, although their hearts are unquestionably in the right place, this video is of very poor quality for such an important cause. The issue deserves a much better production in every respect—the obvious self consciousness of the musicians being interviewed, the too fast, jerky film work, the apparent total lack of editing. I found it uncomfortable to watch, as much for the way it was presented as from the continuing plight of the people involved, who everyone with media access of any kind already knows underwent a life changing tragedy to their (and our) environment.

    Oxfam can do better!


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