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Film & Panel Discussion: Dark Waters

Panel discussion
Wednesday, July 1 2020

Please register before 6pm ET on Friday, June 26, to receive a link to watch the film ahead of the panel discussion.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Environmental attorney and author Robert Bilott (played in the film by Mark Ruffalo) will be joining us for the July 1st panel discussion to discuss the decades spent fighting landmark precedent-setting environmental health lawsuits to call for the legal regulation of PFOAs. One registered guest/attendee of the panel discussion will win an autographed copy of his best selling book, Exposure

The Film:

Starring Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway, Dark Waters is the true David-and-Goliath story of a small West Virginia town that took on the chemical company DuPont for poisoning their drinking water with toxic chemicals known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances).

During the panel discussion, you’ll hear from health advocates and experts about the movie’s connection to local communities in Maine struggling with PFAS pollution—and learn how you can advocate for state action for safe drinking water, food, and farmland.

Both the screening and the digital panel discussion are free and open to the community.


The panel will be moderated by SPACE Executive Director, Kelsey Halliday Johnson (she/they), a cultural organizational strategist, interdisciplinary curator, artist, writer, and activist from Philadelphia who is deeply invested in underrepresented voices and alternative histories.

Speakers include:

-Patrick Macroy is Deputy Director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, where Patrick provides day-to-day management of operations. He is a nationally recognized advocate for lead poisoning prevention.

-Sonya Lunder, Senior Toxics Advisor, Gender, Equity & Environment program at the Sierra Club. Sonya leads work on a range of toxics issues, particularly health impacts to women and children.

-Representative Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, a small business owner and community volunteer, is serving her second term in the Maine House of Representatives.

-Dana Colihan, Maine Community Organizer at Toxics Action Center, (soon to become Community Action Works) where she trains everyday people to confront polluters and seed solutions. She partners with the people who are most impacted by environmental problems, training them with the know-how anyone would need to make change in their own backyards.

Co-presented with Environmental Health Advocacy Center, Sierra Club Maine, Learning Disabilities Association of Maine, and Toxics Action Center.

Please see our updated pandemic policy for fall 2021. Indoor events at 538 Congress Street start in October!