The Great Invisible
Filmfest 2015

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the worst oil spill in American history. Alabama-born Margaret Brown spent four years traveling in the small towns and major cities all around the Gulf, talking to those affected. Brown gained the trust of a wide range of people – from industry insiders to small-town fishermen, from lawyers administering BP's faulty compensation fund to the shell-shocked survivors of the initial blast (one of whom provides chilling first-person video taken onboard the Deepwater Horizon in the days leading up to the disaster). Together, their testimony adds up to a damning portrait of an industry whose lack of government oversight led to unthinkable catastrophe – a lack of oversight that has not changed, despite the widespread outrage at the time.

tags: Documentary, Society, Nature, Politics

With: (Dokumentarfilm) Douglas Harold Brown, Robert L. Cavnar, Kenneth Feinberg, Roosevelt Harris, Keith Jones


Director of Photography: Jeffrey Peixoto, Jody Lee Lipes, Adam Stone

Film Editor: Robin Schwartz, Tyler Hubby

Composer: David Wingo

Producer: Jason Orans, Julie Goldman, Margaret Brown

Production Company: Participant Media

Co-Producer: Pamela Ryan, Kyle Martin, Joshua Penn

Director: Margaret Brown