Blog : Unacceptable Levels film screening & "Coffee & Conversation"

By Patrick | Apr 2, 2014 | in

SALISBURY — There is mounting evidence linking human health issues to the chemicals in our environment. Autism now affects one in 50 children. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children younger than 15 in the United States (after accidents). 80,000 chemicals on our store shelves, and in the consumer market today, have not been tested for safety or their long-term impact on human health.

On April 16, Sativa Saposnek, a member of The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club (GNFC), will present the Salisbury premiere of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary Unacceptable Levels, a story about the chemicals in our bodies, how they got there and what we can do about it. The film examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown, a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children. To create this debut documentary, one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science, advocacy, and law. Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative, Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are, and of where, if we’re not vigilant, it may take us.

The goal of this event is to open the door to conversations about the chemical burden our bodies carry so we can make informed decisions and healthier choices now and in the future. The hope is that you will walk away from the film empowered with resources and knowledge about ways to make small changes in your own lives that, down the road, will lead to significant changes for making our world, our lives, our families, and us healthier and more sustainable.

Erin Switalski, Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, says, “This movie is a must see for all of us whose vision is a future free from toxic chemicals... policy makers, CEOs, educators and parents alike.” Beth Buczynski of ecosalon says, “Unacceptable Levels is a no-nonsense documentary that will challenge everything you think you know about health, safety, and environmental protection."

 Join us for this special one-night only screening on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cinemagic, 6 Merrill Street, Salisbury, MA. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with three expert panelists:
• Mia Davis, VP of Health and Safety, Beautycounter
• Joel Tickner, ScD, Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Community Health and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Lowell (and interviewed in the film)
• Brent Baeslack, Board Member of both the MA Clean Water Action and The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

This event is grassroots crowdsourcing. That means that the screening will only happen if at least 88 people tell the theater in advance (before April 9) that they want to see this film — in the form of an RSVP here: If we don't meet that threshold, it will be cancelled. Please help support us and share this info with everyone you know. We hope you will join us! For additional information about the film, please visit, or email Sativa Saposnek at In addition, you are invited the next morning, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Chocoa Café, 50 Water Street, Newburyport, for “Coffee & Conversation,” for continued discussion on making more informed decisions about the products you use day to day. Please see the April 17 listing on The Green Alliance events calendar for more information.