On April 12, 2008, members of the Sweet Crude film crew were detained by the Nigerian JTF while traveling by boat in the Niger Delta. They were handed over to the Nigerian SSS and held for seven days without being charged and without access to legal counsel.
On April 18, the crew walked out of military prison – but their footage remained behind. These interviews were to be the final chapter of the film.
The Nigerian government meant to sabotage Sweet Crude and suppress the truth about the Niger Delta. So far they are failing. We emerged more determined than ever to finish this film. And in April 2009 we did. But the detainment cost us tens of thousands of dollars. And now, funds are badly needed to get Sweet Crude to audiences worldwide.
As much as we have and will continue to welcome your enthusiastic support, in this moment it's money we need. We realize it's not a great time to ask, given the current economic situation. But hey, at least this investment will yield you a beautiful piece of art instead of a loss.
Here's the deal and we do mean deal: for just $100, you'll get to take a stand for journalistic freedom AND get a limited edition, hand printed Sabotage poster.
In the first moments of the detainment, crew member Tammi Sims used her cell phone to call Leslye Wood in Seattle. For the next seven hours, Tammi managed to surreptitiously send a steady stream of text messages. By the time the JTF took Tammi's phone, Leslye knew enough about the situation to have already begun critical release efforts.
This arresting (pun intended) piece of word art is made from the actual text messages Tammi and Leslye exchanged – on the day the crew were captured and just before they boarded the plane home to Seattle a week later. Designed by up-and-coming Seattle graphic artist Gabriel Stromberg, the posters are 18" x 24", hand painted and silk screened on archival quality cardboard stock. They are produced one by one, so each is a unique work. Take a look.
Quantities are limited. So please, don't hit snooze and lose your chance to own this piece of Sweet Crude history. Scroll down and order right now.
The cost for these extraordinary art pieces is only $100 (USD) each. If you can afford more, we hope you'll buy lots of them. They make great gifts. Just choose your quantity when you get to the payment page. If you'd rather make a big fat donation or buy a Sweet Crude t-shirt or get involved in other ways, you can do that here ($1000 or more will be processed through a 501(c)(3) for tax deductibility).
If you live outside Seattle, shipping is $25 to the U.S. and Canada. For other countries, please email us to get a quote before placing your order. If you live in Seattle, you have a couple of options. Pick up your poster at any Verite Coffee location (Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle). We will let you know by email when it's ready. Or, for a $10 delivery charge, we'll bring it to you (please email us to arrange).