Grants & Awards

The Great Invisible

– by Margaret Brown

    1. Nonfiction

    2. Date Awarded: Winter 2011

    3. Directors(s): Margaret Brown

    1. Producer(s): Jason Orans, Julie Goldman, Louis Black, Chris Mattsson and Margaret Brown EPs: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, John Battsek, Sally Jo Fifer

    2. Company Credit: Participant Media, Motto Pictures, Passion Pictures, Gigantic

    3. Location: USA

    1. Film Status: Completed

    2. URL: » The Great Invisible website

About the Film:

A chilling corporate thriller and heartbreaking human drama about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through the stories of people – from rig workers to Gulf Coast residents – still recovering from the aftermath long after the world moved on.

About the Filmmakers:

Margaret Brown (Director/Producer) received the 2010 Peabody Award for her second documentary feature The Order of Myths, which also received the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards and was nominated for Best Documentary. Brown received the Cinematic Vision Award at the 2008 Silverdocs Film Festival, the 2008 Grierson Youth Jury Award in England, and was nominated for four Cinema Eyes awards including Best Documentary and Best Director. Brown’s first feature was the acclaimed documentary Be There to Love Me: A Film about Townes Van Zandt, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received worldwide theatrical distribution.

Jason Orans (Producer) was nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Producers Award and was nominated for a Spirit Award again in 2011. His most recent film Night Catches Us premiered in Sundance’s 2010 Dramatic Competition, was released in theaters in 2011 and was nominated for Gotham, Spirit and Image Awards. His 2009 theatrical releases were Dare and Ramin Bahrani’s Goodbye Solo, winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at Venice 2008, and a Gotham and Independent Spirit nominee. He is currently producing The Normals, a dark comedy starring Bryan Greenberg and Jess Weixler.

Julie Goldman (Producer) has produced a wide range of award winning documentaries that have been distributed around the world. She was nominated for the PGA Producer of the Year Award for Sergio, which was Emmy nominated and shortlisted for the 2010 Documentary Feature Academy Award. She was a consultant on the Academy Award winning The Cove. Goldman recently produced Sons of Perdition and is currently in production on a slate of films, including Hungry in America and Believe. Previous films include: Once in a Lifetime, Sketches of Frank Gehry, Cat Dancers, In the Shadow of the Moon and Buck, Sundance 2011 Documentary Audience Award Winner.

Festival & Award Highlights:

SXSW 2014 – World Premiere, Grand Jury Award for Documentary
Full Frame 2014 - Nicholas School Environmental Award
HotDocs 2014 - International Premiere