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How ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Editors Played with Parallel Narratives


Of the 126 crew members, 11 lives were lost when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010. It’s a story that nearly got lost as the conversation swiftly shifted to how to stop the 50,000 barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico daily. Deepwater Horizon, directed by Peter Berg and edited by Colby Parker Jr. and Gabriel Fleming, sought to detail the heroism these workers displayed.

“This film is about the courage and the atrocity that took place on the rig,” Parker Jr. told No Film School. “There are a lot of facts out there about the environmental impact and its aftermath, but we didn’t want those 11 people who died to be forgotten.”

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