Thursday, June 17, 2010

Living Downstream

Reactions to the Film
See what audiences and reviewers are saying about Living Downstream…
Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued… Steingraber's scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern-day Rachel Carson.
- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post (04/23/10)
…an absolute must-see. Excuse my clichĂ©s, but Living Downstream is powerful, it is inspiring, it is moving, it is – quietly, like our hero – a tear-jerker. And, upon seeing it yourself, you are likely to make similar exhortations to your friends and family.
– Don Schwartz, CineSource Magazine (05/07/10)
Director Chanda Chevannes’s Living Downstream is a convincing and necessary documentary. It’s also, despite its daunting subject matter, a movie you’ll want to watch…A few pitch-perfect moments provide all the emotional force you would expect from a “cancer movie,” minus the unpleasant tang of emotional manipulation.

Living Downstream does an excellent job of engaging the viewer’s curiosity and telling an inconvenient truth through the lens of interesting science and one fascinating woman.
- Ali Gadbow, Missoula Independent (03/04/10)
Like the book, the full-length documentary Living Downstream tells the story of a woman who was first diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 20, having been raised in Tazewell, Ill…

Unlike the book, however, the film has a “visual quality” that is powerful, said Steingraber. “Films get into communities in ways that books can’t,” she said. Directed by Chanda Chevannes, the film is at times intimate, at other times shocking, and occasionally tragically humorous.
- Jamie Kelly, The Missoulian (03/05/10)
“You cannot watch this documentary and fail to be alarmed… This documentary makes it impossible to hide behind the numbers and the verbiage and fail to see the big picture.”
– Ed Stermer, Instructor, Earth Science, Illinois Central College quoted by Clare Howard, Peoria Journal Star (04/12/10)
[Sandra Steingraber] wages an impassioned fight against carcinogens…Living Downstream [is] part-memoir/part-scientific treatise about Steingraber’s battles with cancer, and the environmental roots of many cancers.
– Krisy Gashler, Ithaca Journal (04/02/10)