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Spurlock, Soechtig team up on “The Devil We Know”

Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig are teaming up on a new doc that tackles the chemical industry. The Devil We Know focuses on a story that unfolded in Spurlock’s hometown of Parkersburg, West ...
June 21, 2017

Morgan Spurlock and Stephanie Soechtig are teaming up on a new doc that tackles the chemical industry.

The Devil We Know focuses on a story that unfolded in Spurlock’s hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the multi-national chemical corporation DuPont exposed its workers and an entire community to C8, a toxic chemical.

The film highlights the individuals who brought the contamination to light. Through internal documents and in-house studies, it was revealed that DuPont had been pumping C8 into the air and public water supply of the city of more than 70,000 for decades.

According to the CDC, C8 is found in the blood of 99,7% of Americas. It is a synthetic chemical used to make everything from food wrappers to microwave popcorn.

Soechtig is the director, producer and writer of the project, with Spurlock executive producing, Jeremy Seifert (GMO OMG) co-directing, and Mark Monroe writing.

The film also features environmental activist Erin Brockovich, best-known for taking on pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating the drinking water in Hinckley, Calif.

“As a native West Virginian, this story and the struggle the people of this community endure is one I could not ignore,” said Spurlock, in a statement. “I am hopeful that with this movie, we will continue to get them all the justice and closure they deserve.”

The doc, currently in post-production, has launched an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise funds to finish the film.

 

 

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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