For decades, residents of Harris County (Houston), Texas, have endured life-threatening air pollution from oil refineries and petrochemical plants with only sporadic relief. This revelatory short is a portrait of the neighborhoods that border oil refineries and one determined activist, Juan Flores, who fights for clean air for his community. Produced in partnership with Public Health Watch. Funded by the Pulitzer Center and Invoking the Pause. For an in-depth story on the issue, go to: https://publichealthwatch.org/2022/06/02/houston-texas-air-pollution-lyondellbasell-refinery/
The Great Divide
Welcome to California's San Joaquin Valley, the town of Exeter and the neighboring community of Tooleville where residents have been living with bottled water and contaminated wells since the 1970s. The Great Divide is a David-and-Goliath story about race and poverty. Larger towns vs. smaller hamlets; rich vs. poor; white vs. brown. Every Californian has the right to clean drinking water, and Tooleville is ground zero for the great water divide. Read the story here: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/water-and-drought/article243237701.html Official Selection: Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, 3rd Place (2020), Eugene Environmental Film Festival (2020) Produced by Casey Beck, Mary Cardaras, and Susan White in association with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Funded in part by California State University and the Giles W. & Elise G. Mead Foundation.
In the Heart of the Corn Belt, an Uphill Battle for Clean Water Following years of intensive fertilizer use on farms, more than half of Iowa’s waterways do not meet federal quality standards. Now, an unlikely coalition is calling for stricter controls to clean up the drinking water sources for millions of the state’s residents. Read the full story here: https://e360.yale.edu/features/in-the-heart-of-the-corn-belt-an-uphill-battle-for-clean-water-iowa Official Selection: Yale E360 online publication (2018), Wild and Scenic Film Festival (2019), Downstream Film Festival (2019), Oneota Film Festival (2019), EarthxFilm (2019), WATERtown Film Fest (2019) Made possible with funding from The Fledgling Fund and Invoking the Pause.
The Organic Life Trailer (OFFICIAL)
Following a year in the life of Austin, a hopeful organic farmer, and his skeptical girlfriend Casey, this illuminating documentary chronicles farm living and shows not only who grows your food, but also how it is grown. Watch the film here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-organic-life/id843502889 https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Life-Austin-Blair/dp/B00JJH294U Official Selection: Mill Valley Film Festival (2013, Active Cinema Circle), Santa Cruz International Film Festival (2013, Best Documentary), Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (2014), 10 other film festivals, EcoFarm, Premiere National Organic Farm Conference (2015), PivotTV (The Documentary Channel, 2014),