The short film, produced by GASP, will be released on DVD next Tuesday with bonus features including a screening kit guide, exclusive online access to the film
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — GASP announced today that “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret” will be available on DVD Tuesday, Sept. 16. The 26-minute documentary directed by Alabama filmmaker Hunter Nichols will be sold online for $20 (including shipping). The DVD will include bonus features such as a Screening Kit, online access to the film, and educational resources.
“We could not be more proud of this film,” says Dr. Stacie Propst, GASP executive director. “After the June 12 premiere at the Carver Theatre, we were approached by teachers, doctors, public health professionals, civic group leaders, and business executives — all of whom wanted to spread the word and host screenings in their own peer groups.”
GASP plans to market the DVDs to spread the message that while Birmingham’s air is cleaner than it was four decades ago, better is not good enough. Birmingham’s air ranks as some of the dirtiest in the nation to this day — as communities like those featured in “Toxic City” know all too well. The Screening Kit will serve as a guide for using the film as an education and advocacy tool.
“Releasing ‘Toxic City’ on DVD allows GASP to raise awareness about the health consequences of air pollution,” Propst explained. “In particular, it highlights the plight of the northern Birmingham communities that are suffering from decades of dirty air and the havoc it has wreaked on those neighborhoods.”
GASP is a nonprofit health advocacy organization whose mission is to activate Alabama for clean air. We strive to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with dirty air, and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production. Alabamians deserve clean, healthy air.