"Blue Vinyl", winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance, is a deeply personal and vital expose that has been applauded as "scary and hilarious" (Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times) Skeptical of her parents' decision to "re-side" their home with vinyl siding (polyvinyl chloride or PVC), Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand set out with award-winning cinematographer/co-director Daniel B. Gold in search of the truth about vinyl, one of the fastest selling plastics in America. With a deep appreciation for irony, a great deal of chutzpah, and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Helfand and Gold travel from suburban Long Island to the vinyl-manufacturing capital of Louisiana and as far as Venice, Italy - where 31 former executives from a PVC-producing company are on trial for manslaughter. Artfully balancing the horror with the humor, unexpected twists with unbelievable turns, this is a sobering, shockingly funny, uniquely personal exploration into what it takes to be a 'really' educated consumer.
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