The Great Invisible

( USA / 2014 )
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The story of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion as seen through the eyes of oil executives, survivors and Gulf Coast residents who experienced it first-hand and then were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on.
On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oilrig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 92 min.
Theme: Activism, Ecology, Environment, Education, Law and Justice
Language(s): English
Director(s): Margaret Brown
Producer(s): Margaret Brown, Jason Orans, Julie see all »
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The Great Invisible

Press

  • "A uniquely thought-provoking chronicle of an event that, in the absence of any real preventive action taken by oil companies or the U.S. government, calls out for further cinematic and journalistic attention."
    Variety
  • "A powerful documentary that reminds those of us who've moved on to other worries that this one is far from finished -- and that a government that proclaimed outrage during the summer of 2010 has seemingly done little to prevent or prepare for another such catastrophe."
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Infuriating"
    The New York Times
  • "The Great Invisible gives voice to many of the previously nameless and faceless victims of the disaster. Some worked on the oil rig that fateful day; others have suffered its environmental and economic consequences."
    The Los Angeles Times
  • "It effectively demonstrates how the systemic cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was tied as much to society's staggering dependence on fossil fuels as to the oil industry's greed."
    Slant Magazine

awards & accolades

  • SXSW Film Festival - WINNER Documentary Competition’s Grand Jury Prize

Festival participation

  • SXSW Film Festival 2014
  • DOC NYC
  • New Orleans Film Festival
  • Lone Star Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Fairhope Film Festival

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