Filmmakers of 'Greedy Lying Bastards', a documentary which promises to blow the lid on the oil industry and its vast sphere of influence, has just announced actress Daryl Hannah, as its new Executive Producer.
The provocative film has already pledged to stir up a hornet's nest with an impressive roster of interviewees even prior to the addition of Hannah. As founder of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, which promotes sustainably produced and harvested biofuels, Hannah is teaming up with US filmmaker and political activist Craig Rosebraugh to ensure that Greedy Lying Bastards presents "a searing indictment of the influence, deceit and corruption that defines the fossil fuel industry."
Hannah joins the recently acquired Grammy Award–nominated Canadian composer, producer and guitarist Michael Brook, (An Inconvenient Truth), who was signed in January to create the original score for the documentary. With a production budget of $1.5m, privately financed by Rosebraugh, Greedy Lying Bastards – which first began shooting in 2009, is finally nearing completion and is scheduled for wide release this year.
The title, an epithet for the oil industry, promises a no holds barred, full-frontal assault on what Rosebraugh believes is an industry out of control. Co-written and edited by Patrick Gambuti Jr., Greedy, Lying Bastards was filmed in nine countries, including the US, England, Mexico, El Salvador and several European nations. The controversial documentary is guaranteed to ruffle a few feathers in its quest to show:
"The impact of an industry that has continually put profits before people, waged a campaign of lies designed to thwart measures to combat climate change, used its clout to minimize infringing regulations and undermined the political process in the U.S. and abroad."
From the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 and the detrimental effects, which it adds, are still impacting Gulf Coast residents, the film also tackles the reason behind stalled efforts on climate change, which is pushing the world "brink of disaster," said filmmakers.
The documentary is not light on contributors. Interviews with scientists, industry experts, international political delegates, climate change victims as well as deniers, present several notables including: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; Rep. Henry Waxman; former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman; several leading climate science skeptics; Mike Robichaux, a doctor who treats Gulf residents sick with chemical poisoning from the BP spill and former Republican Presidential candidates, Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.
Meanwhile in a press release yesterday, filmmakers announced Hannah's addition to the team as executive producer. As a committed environmentalist herself, she should fit right in.
The star of movies such as Blade Runner, Splash, The Clan of the Cave Bear and Steel Magnolias, Hannah will appear in the third feature set for release in 2014. The actress also sits on the board of the Environmental Media Association, Eco America, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Action Sports Environmental Coalition and is known for her work in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill film series.
Rosebraugh warmly welcomed Hannah's contribution to the documentary. "Daryl is a gifted actress with an impressive commitment to environmental protection," he said, "we are elated to have her on the project."
How the oil industry will respond to the investigative film and their new epithet however, remains to be seen, but Rosebraugh is adamant about checking the industry.
Oil companies he said, "will stop at nothing to maximize profits for shareholders, whether its cutting corners on safety, employing highly paid lobbyists to impact the political process [...or...] giving huge amounts to climate change denialists to ensure that no legislation is passed." Rosebraugh even accuses companies of "complicity in the murder of individuals who speak up against environmental degradation."
With strong allegations apparently setting the tone ahead of its release, Greedy Lying Bastards promises to be a confrontational and contentious documentary. Considering the incendiary title, could anyone be surprised?.
For more information about the topics discussed in the film, visit Greedy Lying Bastards.com.