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What Lies Upstream


In this classic detective story, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to uncover the truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months. But when Hoback discovers an obscene collusion between chemical corporations and the highest levels of government, the investigation spirals in a terrifying direction, and we learn the frightening truth about what lies upstream of us all.


  • Variety
    Hoback does an impressive job of methodically building his case. And he's every bit as adroit when it comes to fashioning, over the course of his film, an insightful account of two intriguing players in this ongoing real-life drama.
  • LA Times
    An exemplary piece of advocacy filmmaking.
  • Hollywood Reporter
    This quietly chilling wake-up call is sure to be one of the most vital documentaries to hit theaters in 2018.
  • Washington City Paper
    Hoback's a thorough researcher, and there's no denying that the questions raised in his doc-and the lack of concrete answers from public officials-should be of grave concern.

Festival Participation

  • Slamdance - 2017
  • Dallas International Film Festival - 2017
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - 2017
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2017
  • AFI Docs Film Festival - 2017

Additional Materials

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