Blue Vinyl

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Blue Vinyl

  • USA
  • STC
    Director:
  • Judith Helfand
Blue Vinyl is a detective story, eco-doc and rollicking comedy all rolled into one. When director and activist Judith Helfand discovers that her parents have decided to spruce up their Long Island suburban home with embossed, blue vinyl siding, she and co-director Dan Gold set out to discover the truth about this seemingly benign substance. Together they infiltrate the world of PVC, visiting the vinyl-producing capitals of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Venice, Italy and speaking to a bevy of scientists, workers, activists and industrialists. Their discoveries are shocking. The production and disposal of vinyl releases highly lethal carcinogens linked to neurological damage, respiratory problems, liver and kidney failure, birth defects and cancer. Despite the hundreds of documented cases of illness and death among factory workers and residents of fence-lined communities affected by contaminated air and water, the global vinyl industry steadfastly ignores the warnings of scientists, health workers and environmentalists. In this “toxic comedy,” Helfand exposes a web of industrial cover-ups and conspiracies while searching for safer, more eco-friendly solutions to her parents’ siding dilemma. By turns hilarious and horrifying, Blue Vinyl reveals the human and environmental costs of corporate greed and uncovers the danger lurking in all our homes. Winner of the Documentary Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Karen Tisch.

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Presenting Partners

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Major Supporters

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Official Airline Partner

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