“Morgan City, Louisiana—Labor Day Weekend 2011. It’s the long-awaited 75th anniversary of the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, the oldest chartered harvest festival in the state of Louisiana. There’s just one problem: a little over 100 miles away, the cataclysmic BP oil spill, the largest environmental disaster in United States history, is still being mopped up. Can the party still go on?
SHRIMP AND PETROLEUM is an intimate, sometimes humorous, always sincere look at the festival from the perspective of the people involved with it: a former king, the head of the festival, and the current queen. Made by two Louisiana natives, the movie is more than just a film about the oil spill—it’s a look at small town life at its biggest.”