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.