New Film receives critical Acclaim at Paris International Film Festival
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Unacceptable Levels, the award-winning chemicals documentary by director Ed Brown, will be available to the public on iTunes and other video on demand platforms July 15, 2013. Following its latest win at the 30th Paris International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE), Unacceptable Levels will kick off its summer tour with a bicoastal festival debut at New York's Lincoln Center Film Society's Green Screens series on May 31st and San Francisco's Green Film Festival on June 2nd. In theaters across the United States and abroad, select screening events will feature dialogs with the director and other special guests who'll speak on varied topics related to toxics, including the recently re-introduced Safe Chemicals Act of 2013.
Unacceptable Levels is a film about the chemicals in our bodies and how they got there. It dissects the ways chemicals saturate our homes and environment amid a glaring lack of regulation, revealing what it means to live in the United States today. The film's twelve acts chronicle the results of the post-WWII chemical boom and detail common avenues of exposure, from food to fluoride to toxic sludge. For his efforts, director Ed Brown brought home the Health and Environment Prize at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival in Paris. "This excellent film brings home in a very real way the link between our environment and our health," said Genon Jensen, Executive Director of HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance), the EU organization that co-established the prize. "We were delighted to discover from the discussions after each of the screenings just how interested the general public is in these issues."
Debut filmmaker Ed Brown, Pennsylvania native and father of two, was inspired to make the film after learning how chemical exposure from everyday products might have affected the health of his wife, who suffered two miscarriages before giving birth to their two children. At the time, Brown was working as waiter, an experience that, he says, unexpectedly taught him how to care about people he didn't need to care about. He had, however, worked previously in television production. Armed with a camera, a passion, and a sense of humor, Brown set off to uncover the facts about our chemical world, and share them with others.
What started off as a small project grew organically to a long-term undertaking. Friends and family lent funds for Brown to travel as far as England and Hawaii, tracking down experts in their fields and convincing them to share their knowledge on camera. Filming was often a one-man operation, with Brown serving as camera operator, soundman, and editor. After three years, thousands of miles, and dozens of interviews, Unacceptable Levels was born. Skillful editing, personal narration, and over 40 expert interviews make Unacceptable Levels both touching and informative.
"Unacceptable Levels is a hugely important film," said Mariel Hemingway, Actress, Author and Healthy Living Advocate. "Sadly, most Americans are misinformed or not informed at all about how many toxic chemicals we are being exposed to 24 hours a day. These toxins are making us sick and quite simply our lives are being threatened. We need to stand up and speak out. We must demand a healthy environment for ourselves and for our children. Unacceptable Levels poignantly reveals how chemicals have invaded our lives."
"With this remarkably important film, Ed Brown captures the seamy side of the chemical revolution and forces us to confront the need to make the future safer than the past," said Dr. Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder and President of the Environmental Health Trust, one of 46 experts featured in Unacceptable Levels.
Also featured are Ken Cook, President and Co-Founder of the Environmental Working Group; Ralph Nader, former Green Party presidential candidate; Randy Hayes, Founder of the Rainforest Action Network; Judi Shils, Founder of Teens Turning Green; Stacy Malkan, Co-Founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics; John Warner, President of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Technology; and Devra Davis, Founder and President of the Environmental Health Trust.
For more information, including tour schedules, visit www.unacceptablelevels.com.
SOURCE Unacceptable Levels