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A Non-Stick Problem That Sticks Around

GenX: A Chemical Cocktail is an upcoming documentary about the worst public health crisis in United States history.

A class of 5,000+ toxic chemicals called “Perfluorinated Chemicals” (PFCs), “Forever Chemicals” or “PFASs” have been released into the environment since the 1950s.

PFASs have been linked to numerous health issues including: kidney and thyroid dysfunction, developmental problems, reproductive disorders, smaller genitals, bowel disease, obesity, and a wide set of cancers.

PFASs are used for thousands of products for: Non-stick surfaces (like Teflon®), water-proof clothes, stain-proof carpets, food containers, packaging, various waxes, electronics, firefighting turnout gear and foams.

PFASs persist indefinitely in our environment, our foods, and our bodies.

We will take you through the real human experience for uncovering the dangers, sources and solutions of this massive problem.

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Our Partners

Here are some key figures which publicly stand with us and our message.

 

Dr. matthew Lockett

An Analytical Chemistry professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who works with an array of analysis techniques. Dr. Lockett joined forces with us in late 2017 to give expert insight into the topic and help ensure the scientific integrity.

Jordan Schroeder

A film instructor and PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in global cinema and critical theory. Jordan has been closely with the team for project development from its beginning for cinematic and logistical planning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your film is about PFASs, why does the title focus only on GenX?

We chose the GenX compound to address the misconception that we only have to be concerned about a single chemical. While many folks have already heard of GenX, it is simply one of many PFASs which exist.

What are PFASs?

PFAS stands for Per & Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substance (PFAS). Since the 1950s, PFASs have been used to protect the surfaces of cloth and leather, as coating in food packaging and paper products, and fire fighting foam. C8, the PFAS that came before GenX, was used in the production of Teflon cookware. Ever worn a rain jacket, cooked in a nonstick pan, or gotten French Fries from a fast-food joint? Then you've been using PFASs.

If PFASs are so useful to daily life, what's the problem?

PFASs used in manufacturing have been found in drinking water, air, soil, dust, and food. In some cases, they are detected at great lengths from the facilities from which they are released. They can accumulate inside of people for years and are linked to a wide range of health disorders including but not limited to various forms of cancer, thyroid disease, and birth defects.

Where else are PFASs found?

They have been detected in water, food, air, dust and soil on a global scale including but not limited to: the United States, China, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom

Is there anything I can do to limit my exposure right now?

Testing by Professor Knappe at NCSU advises that under-the-sink reverse osmosis is the best way to filter the water you drink of PFASs. Additionally, avoiding foods packaged in stain/grease-resistant coatings can help reduce food exposure.

Does my Brita filter do anything to help?

Probably not, as Brita appears to use activated carbon and ion-exchange. These were tested by labs at NCSU and the only effective method for an individual seems to be under the sink Reverse Osmosis.

 

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THE Team

 

 

elijah yetter-bowman

Director, Producer and Editor

Elijah was born a content creator, developing multiple shorts and video games as a teenager and into adulthood. He studied chemistry, biology and philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. This diverse background places him in a unique position tell the story of this contamination problem affecting all of us.

Gill Holland

Executive Producer

Gill is an award-winning and seasoned film producer with over 100 production credits to date. He is a two-time graduate from UNC Chapel Hill and joined the project as a strong advocate of clean water. He also owns and operates the media production company, The Group Entertainment LLC.

sammy bauer

Assistant Director and Executive Producer

Sammy has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a BA in Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. An educator at heart, Sammy focuses on accessibility and accuracy in the film while also serving as the project manager. She also serves as Community Education Coordinator for the Town of Chapel Hill.

Carrie Lederer

Co-Producer

Carrie has spent over twenty years flying around the world and engaging with different cultures as a do-it-all documentary filmmaker. She is an extremely passionate individual dedicated to her craft and runs her own company, Carrier Pigeon Productions.

anna mann

Director of Photography and Co-Producer

Anna has a degree in film and video production technology from Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) and is working on a bachelor’s degree at UNC Wilmington currently. Anna hopes to explore environmental history, policy, and activism at UNCW. She also founded Carolina Pine Productions (CPP) in 2014 which documents an array of musicians in the Carolina Pine Music Series.

Bri mellott

Production Designer

Bri is one half of the Animation & Design Team. A Wilmington, NC-based art instructor and illustrator, Bri teaches classes in photography and murals at Dreams Center for Arts Education. Passionate about water rights and gardening, she treasures the delicate, precious, and uniquely varied ecosystems that make North Carolina such a fascinating place to live.

heather divoky

Artistic Director

Heather is the other half of the Animation & Design Team. She has a BA and Masters in Arts and Culture from Leiden University. She works in marketing, design, nonprofit, and as an internationally-shown artist. Heather's primary concern with design is marrying form and function, which means creating work that is visually appealing but also carries a message.

tanner king

Videographer

Tanner has a BA in Media Production and Film Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. Tanner co-founded Three Attic Entertainment as an outlet for North Carolina artistic talent to foster the local cinematic community.

Christopher Allen

Production Assistant and Editor

Chris graduated with a BA in Media Production and Communications from UNC Chapel Hill. He co-founded media company Three Attic Entertainment with Tanner. Chris has collaborated with a multitude of filmmakers, musicians, and businesses within the area.

James F Brown III

Composer

James composes scores for a number of agencies including Moon & Sun, SIIX Trailer Music and Sound, and Gothic Storm. Most recently known for promotional sound design of A Quiet Place (2018).

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