BP Commissions Feature-Length Movie About Gulf Oil Disaster

BP (BP) commissioned a feature-length film about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. The movie, produced by World Television, will act as a historical "archive," BP spokesman Robert Wine told The New York Times.

"They are making a film of the spill primarily for an internal audience as an archive of a momentous event in the company's history (not to mention those impacted by the tragedy and its aftermath)," Wine said in an e-mail.

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BP faced intense criticism during the oil disaster, which killed 11 people and spewed out millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, fouling beaches and killing wildlife. In the aftermath of the disaster, BP produced a series of short videos for its website. The videos highlighted BP's response to the events.

One of the videos, called A Community Fights Back, is a 12-minute study of the tourism industry's recovery in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama. BP refers to the video as a "mini-documentary," and it includes references to BP's payments to the states and complaints about negative media coverage.

World Television produced about 190 of these videos, some of which are still available on BP.com. More than 10 million people viewed the videos, BP said.