The Great Invisible

About The Film

'The Great Invisible' on Pivot 3 VIDEOS

First Look at Trailer and Poster for 'The Great Invisible'—Plus Interview With Director Margaret Brown

The BP oil spill documentary premieres March 9 at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

'The Great Invisible' (Interview No. 1)

'The Great Invisible' director Margaret Brown discusses the hidden truths uncovered in her documentary on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

'The Great Invisible' (Interview No. 2)

Margaret Brown, director of 'The Great Invisible,' touches on the inextricably linked issues oil creates and brings on society.
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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 oil rig 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. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, dumping hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean, shutting down the local fishing industry, polluting the fragile ecosystem, and raising serious questions about the safety of continued deep-water offshore drilling.
 
Brown traveled to small towns and major cities across Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to explore the fallout of the environmental disaster.  Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

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