Director: Judith Helfand & David. B. Gold Run Time: 94 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR
Nitehawk and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) present a special screening of BLUE VINYL: THE WORLD’S FIRST TOXIC COMEDY!
The screening will be followed by Q&A with the co-director, Judith Helfand, and leaders from Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) who will discuss a vinyl plastics Superfund site in Greenpoint, which has contaminated the soil and groundwater with toxic chemicals.
Skeptical of her parents’ decision to “re-side” their Long Island home with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) — the seemingly benign cure-all of suburbia — Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand set out with co-director Daniel B. Gold to discover the truth behind the potentially toxic effects of the material, which is used in building everything from automobiles to computers, medical equipment, and children’s toys. With a tender-hearted agenda and a piece of blue vinyl siding firmly in hand, Helfand and Gold travel to the vinyl-manufacturing capital in Louisiana, enlist the help of a “green” builder in California, and journey as far as Venice, Italy — where 31 executives from a PVC-producing company await trial for manslaughter in a landmark conspiracy case. Unexpectedly taking twists and turns in a filmmaking pursuit that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take, BLUE VINYL is a heartfelt, sobering, and shockingly hilarious exploration of the complex relationship between consumers and industry.
The screening and discussion is presented in partnership with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG).