Gulf Ecological and Human Disaster Project

Cameron Douglas Craig, Chief Project Coordinator and Director

Documentary Film Trailer: "Returning to Paradise: Voice of the Human Spirit"

Returning to Paradise: Voices of the Human Spirit (Trailer) from Tempestas et Caelum Films on Vimeo.

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Project updates, video clips, essays, and teacher resources are available at (Coming in September!).

Project Description

Submitted and approved June 11, 2010.

The GEHD Project is an audio-visual work to document the ecological and human impact of the Deep Horizon Oil Disaster that occurred on April 20, 2010. The project will be divided into five phases: 1) research, 2) field video collection, 3) WEIU-TV NewsWatch package (completed), 4) educational clips for classroom use, and 5) 90-minute documentary film.

The field collection will take place June 17-20, 2010 in Louisiana and Alabama with four participants representing different organizations and departments from Eastern Illinois University. These participants included Cameron Douglas Craig, Department of Geology/Geography and Tempestas et Caelum Productions; A.J. Schubert, Center for Academic Technology Support; Zach Nugent, WEIU-TV; and Michael Gismondi, Department of Geology/Geography, Tempestas et Caelum Productions, and WEIU-TV.

Each of the team members contributed to the project in different ways. While it is extremely self-evident of the purpose the Department of Geology/Geography and Tempestas et Caelum Productions has for this small project, the other two organizations participated easily to make our community and campus aware of the university's outreach efforts.

The benefits of this short excursion are to; 1) gather video footage for faculty member use in their courses, 2) produce a short documentary about the disaster and its impact on the Gulf, humanity, and future generations, 3) provide an outreach opportunity for the department and College of Science to present our firsthand accounts to the community, local schools, and campus, 4) enhance our collaboration with WEIU-TV and CATS, 5) demonstrate our commitment to Integrative Learning for future generations, and most of all, 6) support the reasons behind the university's devotion to renewable energy.

The overall product of the project will be a documentary film, "Returning to Paradise: Humanity's Will to Conquer," (in production) that emphasizes the impact on the natural environment and humanity in an objective and non-hyperbole manner in order to preserve the integrity of our university. In addition, the project allows for experiential learning opportunities for individuals who otherwise would not have experienced such an event. From this project grows further conversations from the participants in the project which increases the integrative learning experience at Eastern Illinois University.

For more information or to schedule an interview about this project, contact Cameron Craig via email at

"Returning to Paradise" Production Staff

Cameron Douglas Craig
Executive Producer, Director, Writer
Kevin H. Jeanes
Zach Nugent
Assistant Producer, Script Advisor, Prod Assistant
Darren John Leeds
Andrew Schubert
Post-Production Editor

GEHD Project Field Unit

Cameron Douglas Craig
Chief Project Coordinator, Principle Investigator
Zach Nugent
Field Unit Producer, Interviewer, Videographer
Andrew Schubert
Michael Gismondi

Support for the GEHD Project is made possible from

The Department of Geology/Geography
Tempestas et Caelum Productions
Gamma Theta Upsilon, Rho Chapter
Center for Academic Technology Support
Moffett R. Craig
John Paul Stimac and Lisa New Freeland
Jean Dodds