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.
The New York Daily News Documentary about last year s BP oil spill Do movies like The Big Fix make a difference in exposing hidden corruption and deceit? It would be nice to think so, for the duped and dismissed citizens of the Gulf Coast portrayed here could use as much help as they can get. Louisiana native Josh Tickell and his wife, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, chronicle the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, which has gone largely unreported. What they find is sadly unsurprising, but dismaying nonetheless: a political culture in which corporate needs come first and citizen safety is roundly ignored. They present so much damning evidence that their case is one hopes impossible to ignore. --The New York Daily News
The films scope is staggering, including its detailed outlining of BP s origins and fingerprints across decades of unrest in Iran. By doing smart, covert reporting that shames our news media, by interviewing uncensored journalists, by speaking with locals whose health has been destroyed, and by interviewing scientists who haven t been bought by BP (many have, as the film illustrates), Fix stretches into a mandatory-viewing critique of widespread government corruption, with one of the film s talking heads remarking, I don t have any long-term hope for us [as a country] unless we find a way to control campaign financing. --LA Weekly