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film and at times its shoestring budget is apparent. Though Damien's photography is generally clean, there are a few notable lighting issues, and while the occasional use of graphics are workable, they lack the slickness of a studio funded project.
Packed with citizens' inspirational efforts to get their area cleaned up and raising issues of corporations dodging crimes that individuals cannot, "My Toxic Backyard" accomplishes its mission without being preachy.
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As a capsule history of South Asheville's CTS Superfund site and its detrimental impact on residents in the Mills Gap Road area, "My Toxic Backyard" is a Grade A Adidas James Harden Volume 1 White success.
cases within a mile of the plant only adds to the horror.
Chronicling this troubling tale, the film's ominous tone is set early by Aaron Penland, who provides a guided tour of a home movie from 1986. Penland dubs it a "death video," and the sight of his numerous relatives who lived in the community and have since died of cancer is an immediate attention grabber. The haunting aerial Google Map imagery of 74 cancer Adidas Neo High Tops White
Still, the story being told doesn't require much flashiness, and after firmly establishing the film's heroes, simply letting the camera roll at community meetings and capturing fired up citizens berating the EPA employees who have failed them is plenty powerful.
With copious facts about contaminated drinking water and many personal histories of those affected, the film's 53 minutes flow well, and Jaime Byrd's smart editing keeps the storytelling engaging. Damien presents this information and expert testimony in an easy to follow fashion that's further aided by consistently clear audio.
Artful, quieter scenes of family life poetically highlight the CTS blunder's ongoing impact and each time someone drinks water or children run through a sprinkler, one's skin crawls for fear of the consequences.
Cued to Jason Smith's melancholy, piano heavy score, "My Toxic Backyard" employs a professional mix of talking heads and scenic shots and following in the footsteps of great documentaries, the film grounds itself with not one but two charismatic subjects in Penland and Tate MacQueen. Returning to them frequently, Damien wisely lets their personalities guide the story, which towers with humanity whenever they're on screen.
Covering citizens' inspirational efforts to get their area cleaned up and corporations dodging crimes that individuals cannot, "My Toxic Backyard" accomplishes its mission without being preachy.
With the CTS case currently before the Supreme Court, Damien's film is a fine primer of a local hot button issue and firmly establishes her as a filmmaker to watch.
Directed by local filmmaker Katie Damien, the documentary is the kind of concise, informative work with local and national implications that plays well to anyone for whom injustices strike a nerve. The film is showing in Asheville once a day May 8 15 (see box).
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