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Toxic Hot Seat


Chemical flame retardants are everywhere. Our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. But do they work as promised? And are they making us sick?
The three chemical companies producing flame retardants would prefer that we not ask these questions, and they’ve spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, publicists and influencers to ensure that we don’t. Through the personal stories of a cancer-surviving firefighter, a renowned chemist, and a determined young Maine legislator, TOXIC HOT SEAT reveals the courage of brave citizens willing to fight for the truth against a shadowy nexus of money and politics.


  • CineSource Magazine
    "TOXIC HOT SEAT is environmental filmmaking at its pinnacle—revealing, horrifying, infuriating, compelling, and hopeful."
  • Slate Magazine
    "Will certainly make you rethink your next big furniture purchase."
    Kristin Hohenadel
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    "A damning look at the effect of money on democracy"
    THR Staff
  • The Huffington Post
    "Interweaves the multiple narratives of investigative reporters, scientists, lawmakers and community activists as they fight for transparency around a 1975 law."
    Marcia Yerman

Festival Participation

  • Doc NYC - 2013
  • Mendocino Film Festival - 2013
  • Mill Valley Film Festival - 2013
  • Sedona International Film Festival - 2014
  • One Earth Film Festival - 2014
  • Napa Valley Film Festival - 2014
  • Sun Valley Film Festival - 2014

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