Toxic Hot Seat

( USA / 2013 )
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Chemical flame retardants are everywhere. Our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. But do they work as promised? And are they making us sick?
The three chemical companies producing flame retardants would prefer that we not ask these questions, and they've spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, publicists and influencers to ensure that we don't. Through the personal stories of a cancer-surviving firefighter, a renowned chemist, and a determined young Maine legislator, TOXIC HOT SEAT reveals the courage of brave citizens willing to fight for the truth against a shadowy nexus of money and politics.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 91 min.
Theme: Activism, Business, Crime, Current Affairs, Education, Health, Investigative Journalism, Law and Justice see all »
Language(s): English
Director(s): James Redford
Producer(s): James Redford, Kirby Walker
Available regions: United States, Canada
Toxic Hot Seat


  • Press Kit
  • "TOXIC HOT SEAT is environmental filmmaking at its pinnacle—revealing, horrifying, infuriating, compelling, and hopeful."
    CineSource Magazine
  • "Will certainly make you rethink your next big furniture purchase."
    Slate Magazine
  • "A damning look at the effect of money on democracy"
    The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Interweaves the multiple narratives of investigative reporters, scientists, lawmakers and community activists as they fight for transparency around a 1975 law."
    The Huffington Post

Festival participation

  • Doc NYC 2013
  • Mendocino Film Festival 2013
  • Mill Valley Film Festival 2013
  • Sedona International Film Festival 2014
  • One Earth Film Festival 2014
  • Napa Valley Film Festival 2014
  • Sun Valley Film Festival 2014

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Distribution Company: ro*co educational

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