The Big Fix is the gutsy new movie from the filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary “Fuel,” directing/producing team Josh & Rebecca Tickell. An Official World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, The Big Fix is executive produced by Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger and Peter Fonda. Associate producer Jason Mraz contributes a new song to the film.
Through interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists (including Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell who examined the Gulf spill in “The Poisoning”), attorneys (including New Orleans Toxic Tort attorney Stuart Smith) and Gulf States natives, The Big Fix recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico and paints a disturbing picture of the aftermath.
“We’ve got shrimp with no eyes, fish with tumors & oil in their guts – this disaster is happening right now,” said Dean Blanchard, once the largest processor of brown shrimp in the US. Despite claims from the Louisiana Department of Fisheries and Wildlife that the fish are safe to eat, Blanchard’s liability insurance was recently cancelled. Toxicologists studying the fish from Louisiana are finding heightened levels of cancer-causing carcinogens, genetic mutations, and dermal lesions.
The Big Fix also explores the complicit behavior of the US government in the long-term use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, a known hemolytic (blood thinner). In an unexpected twist of fate, Co-Director/Producer Rebecca Harrell Tickell became severely ill after being exposed to the oil and Corexit mixture while filming. Her health struggle is cataloged in the film.
The Big Fix reveals the powerful political and corporate system that put profits over the health and long-term sustainability of people and the environment. No matter what the petroleum and government officials say, the oil is still coming ashore, the seafood industry is wiped out, and many people of the locals are sick.
Special Interview with Jason Mraz