By Christina Wilkie - 04/27/11 10:37 AM EDT
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) lives 3,000 miles from Hollywood, but the noted environmentalist did a lot to further one particular flick last year.
On Tuesday, the ultra-hip Tribeca Film Festival honored him and his movie, which was informally known as “Gulf Spillcam.”
At the time, Markey chaired the recently dismantled House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, and he championed the film despite oil-industry objections.
Tribeca honored Markey’s crusade with a unique award for “Disruptive Innovation,” a term used to describe an advancement that renders its predecessor obsolete.
Spillcam did this for conventional reporting on oil spills: As Americans watched the Deepwater Horizon pipe gushing live on TV, traditional news reports about the spill had to offer viewers more than just numbers of gallons.
Markey’s fellow “Disruptive Innovation” award recipients included rocker Keith Richards, who was honored for his revolutionary open-G guitar tuning, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who helped make traditional encyclopedias obsolete.
The lawmaker attended Tuesday’s ceremony in New York City with his wife, Susan Blumenthal. No word on whether the couple attended any indie films during their visit.