A new study links two banned pesticides found in women’s blood with an increased risk of endometriosis. Evan has all of the details in his new article on PolicyMic here:
Since our return from Washington DC last month, the Toxic Profits team has been busy editing all of our footage and beginning to put together a rough cut of our film.
Evan also just had an article published on Salon's website that discusses the pesticide that recently killed 23 schoolchildren in India. You can read that article here:
We will keep you updated as we move through the editing process.
Have a great weekend,
Evan, Nick, and Shannon
PHOTO: The Toxic Profits interview with Senator Leahy in Washington DC
After our last update on May 30, 2013, Toxic Profits was encouraged to launch a Rally.org campaign to help raise the remaining funds to complete this film. In anticipation of doing so, we created a new video that includes some of the footage that we've filmed across the globe and wanted to share it with our Kickstarter supporters first:
We want to be clear to all of you that regardless of whether or not we raise these additional funds, this film will get made. We're going to make good on our promise, but since Toxic Profits has gotten bigger than we had ever imagined, we want to do be able to finish with the best professional quality possible. After our last update, one supporter asked how much money we were seeking to raise and for what purposes, so we have broken that down for you here:
~$2,500 - Music Rights, Sound, Narration
~$15,000 - Graphics, Animation, Editing
~$2,500 - Archival & Stock Footage Rights, Photographs, Stills
~$5,000 - Film Festivals, Promotion, Distribution
(This does not include already spent production costs: roughly $25,000 for equipment, translations, travel expenses, etc.)
Finally, the Toxic Profits team will be heading to Washington, DC, tomorrow to meet with members of Congress, governmental agencies, and others key players to ask important questions and share our story. We will keep you updated on our progress.
Thanks to all of you who have reached out and offered additional support. We really appreciate it.
All the best,
Evan, Nick & Shannon
Since our last update on March 16th, the Toxic Profits team has been busy wrapping up our international filming. We visited Bhutan at the end of March and met with government officials and farmers to discuss their plans to be the first country in the world to phase out pesticide usage completely and make their agriculture 100% organic. Then, through mid-April, we traveled around Kerala, India, where we met with doctors, government officials, non-profit organizations, and victims of hazardous pesticide exposure.
This past month we filmed in "Cancer Alley", Louisiana, where residents face cancer rates far higher than national averages due to a concentration of industrial chemical manufacturing in the area. Then in Louisville, Kentucky, we were fortunate and honored to have the opportunity to speak with His Holiness the Dalai Lama about our film. In the coming months, we will travel to Washington, DC, to speak with leading members of the House and Senate about policy change.
Many documentaries operate on budgets of hundreds of thousands--if not millions--of dollars. Toxic Profits successfully raised $21,647 through our Kickstarter campaign. However, after paying fees and taxes, we ended up with about $18,000. We have traveled to Mexico, Argentina, Bhutan, India, and in the United States to make this film on an extremely tight budget and when the Kickstarter funds ran out, we started putting expenses on a credit card. We are now seeking to raise additional funding to help pay our bills, wrap up filming, and fund the editing process, including hiring a graphic designer to add charts, infographs, and animation to our documentary.
Please help if you can by making a donation via PayPal by clicking here.
Finally, we are very excited to announce the launch of our new website:
We will continue to keep you updated on our progress and thanks again for your support.
All the best,
Evan, Nick & Shannon
Organic farmer in Kerala, India:
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