May 18th film: Stink! -The Movie


May 18th, Stink! the movie

Wonder why something that smells so good can stink so bad? Join the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network, EcoSuperior and Fragrance Free Friends for “Stink! -the movie the chemical industry doesn’t want you to see” on Wednesday May 18th, 7:30 PM at Maple Tops Activity Centre (Formerly the Paramount Theatre). Admission is free, donations are appreciated and the post-film discussion won’t be stinky. This is a scent free event. Bring everyone and Google us for more details.

The Movie the Chemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

Directors: Jon J. Whelan
91 min
USA 2015.

“Stink!” takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress. It opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design.


I used to be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. I thought that if a product was on the shelf in a store, that meant it was safe. I naively believed that if a product contained dangerous, toxic ingredients, ingredients that could cause cancer, that product would be banned.

In making “Stink!” over the past three years, I have learned that companies don’t need to disclose whether products contain chemicals that cause cancer or disrupt hormones, even chemicals that could interfere with a child’s growth, or cause reproductive problems. Certainly we can all agree that American consumers should have the right to choose whether they want to be exposed to chemicals that cause cancer, or birth defects, or reproductive harm? Apparently not.

By keeping the ingredients secret, companies are taking away our ability to make informed choices. In other words, we don’t even have the right to choose whether we want to be exposed to a carcinogen. Companies using unsafe ingredients get to choose for us. And that’s why I made a documentary called “Stink!” – because no one should be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. Americans need to know that our system to regulate chemicals stinks!


The 7th Festival is over! A huge thank you to our audience, our many volunteers and sponsors for a fantastic 5 day event showcasing such incredible, hard hitting and beautiful films! See you in 2017 and at our next monthly film screening. (the third wednesday of each month until June)

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