Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Toxic Legacy - HBO Documentary Mann v. Ford

Last night I was invited to the NYC screening of the new HBO Documentary Mann v. Ford.  An interesting story about the struggles of people versus a large multinational corporation.  The movie revolves around the dumping of paint and chemicals in northern NJ.  A location now labeled an EPA Superfund Site.
Rather than discuss the politics, outcome, or the historical attitude and performance of Ford - you can see the film when it airs next week - July 18th on HBO.
One of my high school friends (Kevin Madonna) has a lead role so I am impressed and proud of his national debut.  It was neat to see Robert Redford who's son Jamie is the Producer.
There is a great website which shows some amazing images from the area.  These images are worth seeing.
http://toxiclegacy.northjersey.com/

"MANN v. FORD" CHRONICLES THE EPIC BATTLE OF NEW JERSEY'S RAMAPOUGH MOUNTAIN INDIANS AND THEIR MASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY WHEN THE DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS JULY 18, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
The Ramapough Mountain Indians have lived in the hills and forests of northern New Jersey, less than 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, for hundreds of years. In the 1960s, their neighbor in nearby Mahwah, the Ford Motor Company, bought their land and began dumping toxic waste in the woods and abandoned iron mines surrounding their homes.
Ford has acknowledged the dumping. In the 1980s, the Ramapough's homeland was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of federally monitored Superfund sites - and supposedly cleaned up by Ford. However, thousands of tons of toxic waste were left behind.

People in the film discuss the situation afterwards

One of the featured reporters
Robert Redford and Vicki - Attorney in film
Attorney Kevin Madonna and one of the producers
Kevin Madonna

All images shot with the FinePix X100.

Jamie and Robert Redford

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:47 PM

    These types of practices were common to almost all industrial/manufacturing companies until the Clean Water Act was signed into law and enforced. Interesting that they would pick on Ford who is showing great successes recently and is coincidentally the only union US auto maker to not take bailout money from the government.

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  2. It doesn't matter if it's Ford or XYZ. All profit driven (so called free market) corporations will do the same thing. People need to realize that they do this in the interest of the wealthy majority shareholders. So support high taxes against the wealthy who own these corporations and reduce their greed. Take out greed from the equation and everyone will do the right thing, at least knowingly.

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  3. Anonymous4:21 PM

    I love the fact that your ads on the bottom are for Ford and GM. Watch the movie learn something about would really calls the shots.

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  4. Brandon, I have noticed that often when I try to take a group shot of people, even though I focus on someone in the group, the X100 focuses something in the background. I also have trouble getting a shot of people in several rows or when there is some "depth" to the grouping. I am used to cameras with multiple focus points and not used to using just one focus point to capture a group of people. Any suggestions on how to maximize the X100 in these situations?

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  5. Anonymous1:25 PM

    If you would like to discuss the question about AF please email me direct - brandon@brandonremler.com
    thanks.

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