The Great Invisible

Participant Media presents a 7 & 7 Films and Gigantic Pictures Production in association with Passion Pictures and Motto Pictures

Premiere: SXSW 2014

AWARDS: Winner: Grand Jury Award, SXSW 2014


Margaret Brown


Julie Goldman | Jason Orans

Executive Producers

John Battsek | Jeff Skoll | Diane Weyermann


Jody Lee Lipes | Jeff Peixoto | Adam Stone


David Wingo


Tyler Hubby | Robin Schwartz

Co producer

Kyle Martin

Co Executive producer

Nicole Stott

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in American history.
The explosion still haunts the lives of those most intimately affected, though the story has long ago faded from the front page. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, "The Great Invisible" is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth 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.

“Brown seamlessly blends the emotional, intimate stories of people with bigger pictures, using the explosion as the starting point for a ripple effect that just keeps growing”

“An eloquent return to Deepwater Horizon… Avoiding a direct A to B storyline, Brown offers a series of tableaux, checking in on different strata of people touched by this tragedy in different ways. She has a knack for finding fascinating subjects…[she] puts some spin on the ball. She holds the scene (and it really does feel like a scene, not fly-on-the-wall cinema verity) until the boozing oil men begin to deviate a bit from the script.”

“Brown’s film displayed the tautest and most skilful chops in terms of dynamic storytelling… The film also has an elegant aesthetic as it moves through the green
and muggy small towns and cities in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana, creating a portrait of the American South in crisis. Of course, it’s no longer a big and flashy crisis. It’s rather one you have to look closely to see — invisible to some, but felt by many.”