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Watch: ‘The Great Invisible’ Director on Being Confused for a Spy and Taking on Big Oil

Watch: 'The Great Invisible' Director on Being Confused for a Spy and Taking on Big Oil

Last week, director Margaret Brown spoke about
The Great Invisible,” her film based on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon
oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the CEOs of Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron answering to Congress.
“People don’t understand how we are
connected enough to demand change, and I think that’s the main problem,”
Brown said of changing legislature to protect potential victims. “One of the reasons I decided to change the film, and make it
more about the connection to this grey web we’re all tied into, is
because I wanted to be part of the conversation.”
of her most revealing utterances was about approaching the oil rig
survivors: “First they thought I was a spy and didn’t want to talk to
me.” The documentary won the 2014 SXSW Grand Jury Award. 

Watch Margaret Brown and KCRW’s Matt Holzman discuss “The Great Invisible” below as part of the International Documentary Association’s 2014 Screening Series. 

On trying to find a way in with interviews:

On trying to get a comment from Big Oil:

On being accused of being a spy:

On the film’s impact: 

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