‘Unacceptable Levels’, a film by first-time documentarian Ed Brown, will kick off its summer theater tour with a bicoastal premiere. On the West Coast, a gala event will take place at the New People Cinema 1746 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115 at 3:00pm on Sunday June 2, 2013
A gala event will take place at the Historic Balboa Theatre 3630Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94121 at7:00pm and 9:00pm on Wednesday July 10, 2013. A gala event will take place at the Clay Theater 2261 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 at 7:30pm on Thursday July 11, 201
On the East Coast, a gala event will take place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 144 W. 65th St. New York, New York 10023 at 6:30pm on Friday May 31, 2013
and 3:30pm on Tuesday June 4, 2013.
Sponsored by Healthy Child Healthy World, it will shine the spotlight on a film whose themes are of vital importance. The same night, Clean Water Action Connecticut leads a coalition in sponsoring Unacceptable Levels on the East Coast.
This innovative documentary brings knowledge of daily chemical risks to the public, examining separate avenues of exposure as well as chronicling the history of industrial chemicals and their regulation in the United States. Shot and edited almost entirely by Brown, it is the result of three years of arduous travel and research. Over 40 luminaries in environmental advocacy, science, and law participated in the creation of the film, granting interviews to the maverick director. Uniting the testimonies of experts across disciplines and areas of focus, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ is comprehensive in scope.
I made this movie because I couldn’t ignore the effects of chemicals on my family. I had to find out more. — Ed Brown
The director’s inspiration is indeed apparent in the work, in which his children and wife appear periodically. The interplay of facts and personal history is central to the success of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ as a film and an educational tool, combining the weight of expert interviewees with the universality of family.
On the heels of winning the 30th International Environmental Film Festival, Health and Environment Film Prize, ‘Unacceptable Levels’ was chosen by Lincoln Center Film Society to open its Green Screens environmental film series. It was also selected for the San Francisco Green Film Festival occurring days later. Los Angeles and Connecticut represent the first in a series of theater screenings throughout the summer, including premieres in Austin, Boulder, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
The release of ‘Unacceptable Levels’ comes at a time of growing awareness of chemicals on human and environmental health. Consumers are increasingly demanding safer products, and state and local legislative efforts are gaining traction, approving regulations on things from baby bottles to thermal receipts. On the federal level, the Safe Chemicals Act was reintroduced to the Senate in 2013, as was the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. These would patch gaping regulatory holes in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the 1976 law governing the introduction of chemicals into our system of commerce. Unacceptable Levels demonstrates the limitations of TSCA and profiles the effects of the outdated policy on daily life.