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Margaret Brown

Exploring the Aftermath

Oct 29, 2014

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the offshore oil drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, killed 11 crewmen and triggered the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Margaret Brown‘s documentary, The Great Invisible, examines the emotional, psychological, and physical toll that the explosion had on Gulf Coast residents and workers while raising questions about the safety of offshore drilling and Americans’ reliance on oil. More

Margaret Brown

Director of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Dec 02, 2005

In a scene during Margaret Brown’s ghostly, touching documentary Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, former Townes manager John Lomax III talks about a small classified ad in a 1976 issue of Rolling Stone that gave an address for the singer-songwriter’s fan club. Although Townes never enjoyed strong album sales, Lomax recalls how several hundred responses to the ad arrived within a month, many of them containing emotionally wrought accounts from fans who had been healed by Townes’ music—some were saved from suicide, others were comforted by his songs after the loss of a loved one. “I just thought, my Lord, the whole world needs to hear this,” Lomax says of Townes’ music. More