Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, November 2005

Vinyl, Vinyl, Everywhere
Two River Film Festival Shows Award-winning Environmental Film
and Conducts Panel

     BLUE VINYL is a toxic comedic look at vinyl, the world’s second largest-selling plastic.  With humor, hope, and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  Her parents’ decision to “re-side” their house with this seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take.  The result is a humorous, but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry.  The feature-length documentary, BLUE VINYL, won the cinematography award in the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival. 

     The 98-minute film is produced by Toxic Comedy Pictures and the Environmental Panel following the film is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute.  The panel that will discuss the future of manufactured materials includes: Tony MacDonald, Director of Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University; Valerie Caffee of the NJ Work Environment Council; Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of COA; and a representative from NJDEP. 

     The movie and panel are on Friday, November 4th at 2pm, in the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University.  Tickets are $8 or $5 for students and seniors with ID.  For information, call the Pollak Theatre Box Office at 732-571-3483.


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