Topanga Peace Alliance – First Friday Film Night, May 4th


Topanga, CA – On Friday, May 4, the Topanga Peace Alliance presents its First Friday
Film Night with a screening of THE BIG FIX. This documentary examines the root
causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the ecological disaster affecting
the Gulf Coast since. The film makers, who previously made the Sundance Award
winning “FUEL,” will be present for a Q&A. Our new location: Topanga Library, 122 N
Topanga Canyon Blvd, 7:45 p.m., $10 donation requested. Bring potluck beverages,
fingerfood. RSVP 310/455-9389.

It was on Earthday 2010, April 22, when the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig
sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the worst oil spill in
human history. While most people believe the crisis ended when the well was capped,
that’s when the real story began.

“We never intended to make this movie,” says Josh Tickell, the film’s director. “It
was only after being dumbstruck by the level of destruction and the simultaneous
lack of clear information conveyed to the public during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill,
that we picked up our cameras and attempted to document this massive man-made

Until the oil well was capped nearly five months later, 205 million gallons of crude
oil, along with over 1.8 millions gallons of chemical dispersant, spread into the

Tickell felt it was impossible to tell the story of the spill without also looking
at the political and financial root causes of the spill that were swept under the
rug. In doing so, the film uncovers the same playbook for corporate wrongdoing and
government cover-up that is being used to dismiss the dangers of the tar sands, the
coal strip mines, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the film’s producer and co-director, adds, “Our motivation
for risking everything to make this film comes from our deep commitment to
fundamentally shift how we as a species live on Earth.”

Both filmmakers will be at the TPA screening to introduce the film and participate
in a Q&A. Longtime environmental activists, Josh directed and Rebecca produced the
2008 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary FUEL, which investigates the
possible replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.

In THE BIG FIX,  they uncover the vast network of corruption surrounding the
Deepwater Horizon disaster. The film is a damning indictment of a system of
government and corporate collusion that puts the pursuit of profit over all other
human and environmental needs.

“I hope its message helps bring us back to a more balanced social conscience and
more functional form of governance and justice,” says Josh Tickell.

Friday, May 4, at 7:45 p.m. The TPA First Friday Film Night begins with a
cheese-veggie potluck. THE BIG FIX screens at 8:00 p.m. The filmmakers will be
present for Q&A. A $10 donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of
funds. Our new location: The Topanga Library, 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., 90290

For further information, contact Julie Levine at (310) 455-9389.


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