We are the directors of TOXIC HOT SEAT, a documentary about the dangers of so-called flame retardant chemicals in homes, furniture and baby products. AUA.
We are James Redford (documentarian and founder of the Redford Center) and Kirby Walker (co-producer & director of TOXIC HOT SEAT along with James). Because of our involvement with the environmental organization NRDC, we learned about flame retardants and this battle in California that has been going on for 5 years so that furniture could be made without these chemicals. Kirby went to a UC symposium on this issue and met several of the people who ended up in this film, who have been working on this cause tirelessly for years. They were more colorful characters than if you were writing a screenplay! James jumped in to co-produce in March of 2012, and the film is being debuts on HBO on Monday, November 25 at 9 PM nationwide. Official site here: http://www.toxichotseatmovie.com
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James: We are all living in the era of chemicals. And there is no way around that fact. But we have it within our power to create a safer environment for our children now that we know how many hazards there are for many of these chemicals. In short, it may be too late for those of us that are older but what about our kids and grandkids? In the era when a lot of environmental solutions seem out of reach, this should be pretty simple. Don't put unregulated, untested chemicals in our homes. Know what's in your environment and make sure it is safe. In a Senate hearing in the summer of 2012, Senator Boxer asked a panel of lawyers, lobbyists, firefighters, and a chemist the following question: Should chemicals be proven to be safe for pregnant women and unborn children before they are introduced to our homes?
Watch our film to see the response.
Kirby: The time has come for sane, scientific chemical reform in our country. Thank you for coming by to ask really thoughtful questions. It was a pleasure. Please check us out on HBO next Monday at 9 PM.