Experiencing Interruptions?


Everybody lives downstream of somebody else. "Downstream: Connecting Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico" emphasizes how we are all connected — through our decisions, attitudes & actions. This documentary examines potential impact(s) of nitrogen, a fertilizer commonly used in the production of corn. Students enrolled in Water Quality Indiana at Ball State University began this production in September 2016, traveling to Louisiana with the intent to learn more about hypoxia, or the dead zone, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Expert interviews from Louisiana include Dr. Nancy Rabalais from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Dr. Melissa Baustian from The Water Institute of the Gulf. Expert interviews from Indiana include Justin Schneider from the Indiana Farm Bureau and Michael O'Donnell from Purdue University Extension.

Visit our website for more scientific & multimedia content: http://waterqualityin.com/.

  • Ryan Flanery
  • Casey Smith
  • Adam Kuban
  • Ryan Shank
    Director of Photography
  • Nathan DeYoung
    Audio Tech
  • Ryan Shank
  • Chris Flook
    Color Correction
  • Nathan DeYoung
  • Ryan Wiaranowski
  • Richard Purtha
    Press & Publicity
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Science, Water Quality, nitrogen, dead zone, corn, cover crops, Indiana, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Showcase
    Muncie, Indiana
    United States
    December 14, 2016
  • Indiana Public Broadcasting
    Muncie, Indiana
    United States
    December 27, 2016
Distribution Information
  • YouTube
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Ryan Flanery

Ryan Flanery is an undergraduate in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University. Flanery first contributed to Water Quality Indiana in Summer 2016, continuing his enrollment into the fall semester. Although he has a video-production background, "Downstream" represents Flanery's directorial debut and his first attempt at documentary storytelling.

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