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Offshore by Brenda Longfellow, Glen Richards,and Helios Design Labs


Brenda Longfellow, Glen Richards, and Helios Design Labs, 2012

How far is too far? How deep is too deep? How dangerous is too dangerous? In the wake of the 2010 explosion of British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Offshore allows users to explore questions avoided by the global offshore oil industry, news media, and most of us. The interactive documentary asks what might happen when corporate greed pushes the industry beyond its competence by inviting users to journey through Spartan 208 as first-person participants in the material world of oil, technology, money, and disaster.

Brenda Longfellow (Canada) has published on documentary, feminist film theory, and Canadian cinema. She is a co-editor The Perils of Pedagogy: the Works of John Greyson (2013) and Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers (1992). Her documentaries include Dead Ducks (2011), Weather Report (2008), Tina in Mexico (2002), Shadowmaker/ Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet (1998), and Our Marilyn (1988), have been screened and broadcast internationally, winning prestigious awards.

Glen Richards (Canada) is a video producer/director with over 20 years of experience working with community groups, labor unions, NGOs producing educational videos. He is currently working on a web native labor history of Toronto.