Release date:December 2, 2012
Studio:Green Planet Productions
Directors:Josh Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
Starring:Peter Fonda, Jeff Goodell, Stuart Smith
"The Big Fix" is part daring journalism, part archival investigation and part eco-horror story. Through interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists (including Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell who examined the Gulf spill in his article "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 of the largest oil spill in America's history. "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. Shrimp with no eyes, fish with tumors, fish with oil in their guts – this disaster is happening right now - once the largest processor of brown shrimp in the United States, in the film. Up to 30% of the nation's seafood in a given year comes from Louisiana. Toxicologists studying the fish from Louisiana waters are finding heightened levels of cancer-causing carcinogens. "The Big Fix" also explores the complicit behavior of the US government in the long-term use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit 9527, 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.