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Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci and Wren Arthur‘s Olive Productions and Reno Productions have raised $21,000 of the needed $50,000 in finishing funds for their documentary The Canal on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
It’s about the scandalous toxic disaster in Niagara Falls’ Superfund site, the Love Canal neighborhood. “We were too late for Sundance, but we’ll either send it to a festival or to buyers in early 2015,” said director-producer Will Battersby, who produced the National Board of Review award-winning Trumbo and was head of development for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. “One in two Americans live within ten miles of a Superfund site,” said Arthur. “This is a danger we all face, yet few people know about.”
The filmmakers note that while resident Lois Gibbs, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, fought for victims of Love Canal’s 22,000-ton toxic chemical dump to be evacuated, in the 1990s, the once-evacuated homes were renovated and sold for below market value to young working families. Residents tell horrific stories about health issues and the EPA, industry, and government response.
Battersby and Arthur are The Canal‘s producers, with Buscemi, Tucci, Philip Gelatt and Peter Askin as executive producers, Frederic Fasano as cinematographer and April Merl as editor.
Olive Productions produced the Emmy-nominated web series Park Bench, hosted by Buscemi on AOL.com, and A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY for HBO, with which it has a first-look deal. Reno Productions produced the Stephen King thriller A Good Marriage.
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