Crude Impact

Crude Impact is an award-winning documentary film which Chris Vernon of called "a terrific film… the best documentary I have seen on the subject." This feature film explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil.

Crude Impact has been an official selection at over thirty film festivals and has won numerous awards. The film was released by Porchlight Entertainment and enjoyed a limited theatrical run in the United States and Canada. It has also been broadcast on television around the world, and can be found on the Sundance Channel, iTunes, and Netflix. Crude Impact has been translated in to French, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, and Turkish.




“Crude Impact is a terrific film. I have no hesitation in saying it is the best documentary I have seen on the subject and I would feel very happy about recommending it to anyone. Key I think is its accessibility to someone with no prior exposure to the story of oil.”
Chris Vernon,

“Crude Impact goes deep and expansive on the political, environmental, and cultural costs of American dependence on oil. The message is earnest and sincere, and Wood argues it well, with chilling case studies.” 
Chicago Tribune, Tasha Robinson

“...a smooth package that makes good use of archival materials, especially some campy old educational cartoons that add fleeting levity to a grim message.”
Dennis Harvey, Film Critic, Variety

“Highly Recommended. Enlightening...examines the entire history of oil throughout history and in world cultures and economies. It asks questions concerning our current and future dependence on oil....”
Educational Media Reviews Online

“It is impossible to see this film and not begin to rethink the way we live.”
Lynne Twist, Pachamama Alliance 

“Young people absolutely need to know about this issue, and Crude Impact covers it from all angles. This is a film no educator should be without.'    
David W. Smith, Science Teacher, Bay High School 

“After watching so many films... I’m a tough audience and it is hard to find something new. This film was as comprehensive as it was compelling.”
Adrienne Bramhall, Sierra Club Productions 

“Crude Impact is a powerful and thought provoking exploration of the hold that oil has over the world.”

“Crude Impact is an astonishingly good film”
The Environmental Documentary: Cinema Activism in the 21st Century, by John A. Duvall


Cindy Cohn, Steve Donziger, Emeka Duruigbo, Ken Deffeyes, Michael Klare, William Rees, Guy Caruso, Santiago Kawarim, Matthew Simmons, Julian Darley, Michael Economides, Amy Goodman, Thom Harmann, Richard Heinberg, Terry Lynn Karl, Tundi Agardy, Christopher Flavin, Evon Peter, Kavida Ramdas, Bill Twist, Lynne Twist

Written, Directed, and Produced by James Jandak Wood

Cinematography, Sharon Andersen; Sound Mixer, Pamela Spitzer; Motion Graphics, Yussef Cole; Composer, John DeBorde; Narrator, Natalia Bortolotti; Co-Producers, Jennifer Wood, and Joanne Shen; Executive Producer, Steve Michelson.

A Link TV special: Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard interviews James Jandak Wood, director of the documentary "Crude Impact," about the scientific debate surrounding Peak Oil.


Chicago Tribune


The Oil Drum

Read an excerpt here from John A. Duvall's The Environmental Documentary about Crude Impact.