North American Premiere of Film Project of Peter Fonda, Jason Mraz, Tim Robbins and a Louisiana Team That Shows the Reality of the Continuing Gulf Crisis

The Big Fix Opens 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival Friday October 14th

07 Oct, 2011, 16:32 ET from Attorney Stuart Smith

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


Friday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. CDT


Contemporary Arts Center, 2nd floor Rehearsal Hall

900 Camp Street, New Orleans


Josh Tickell, Director

Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Co-Director/Producer

Hugh Kaufman, EPA

Attorney Stuart Smith

Local environmentalists, researchers and seafood industry representatives



FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 8:45 P.M. CDT


Prytania Theater, New Orleans

5339 Prytania St.

The Sundance Award Winning Filmmakers behind the movie FUEL will screen "the greatest uncover-up movie" of the decade when The Big Fix receives its North American premiere as the Opening night Film of the 22nd Annual New Orleans Film Festival. Directed by Louisiana native Josh Tickell and produced and co-directed by his wife and filmmaking partner Rebecca Harrell Tickell, The Big Fix is part daring journalism, archival investigation and eco-horror story. See

Through interviews with scientists, government officials, journalists (including Rolling Stone's Jeff Goodell who examined the Gulf spill in his article 'The Poisoning'), activists (Peter Fonda, Amy Smart and Grammy-winner Jason Mraz who also contributed an original song), New Orleans 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. 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.

The Big Fix explores the complicit behavior of the US government in the long-term use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit 9527, a known hemolitic (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. Like many of the residents of the gulf south who have experienced blood in their urine, skin lesions, and other blood-related disorders, Harrell Tickell's condition persists.

A rough cut of The Big Fix received critical acclaim this year as the only documentary in Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. European audiences were stunned to see evidence suggesting the Macondo well site is still leaking oil. Now LSU and other researchers confirm it.

Contact: Ray Costa Costa Communications (323) 650-3588
New Orleans Film Fest: Jolene Pinder (504) 309-6633
Also: C. Brylski/H. Harper (504) 897-6110 or (504) 289-0499

SOURCE Attorney Stuart Smith