Margaret Brown’s new documentary The Great Invisible won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW festival, the top honors for nonfiction film at the prestigious Austin, Texas film festival. The film, which examines the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in-depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors, and Gulf Coast residents, will air on Independent Lens in the spring of 2015.
“The Great Invisible is timely and provocative. We’re excited to present the film on PBS and Pivot after its theatrical run,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer. “We are especially pleased to again support Margaret Brown, one of our preeminent filmmakers, after working with her on the Peabody Award-winning The Order of Myths (season 7). It’s also very rewarding to work again with our partners at Participant Media, with whom we’ve partnered on three previous films.”
The Hollywood Reporter‘s John DeFore calls the film:
“[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 film should move those who see it at fests and in arthouses, though it may reach its widest audience on TV, where Brown’s last film, The Order of Myths, won a Peabody Award.”