MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic is a feature-length documentary film about the hidden epidemic of childhood lead poisoning in America today.
This film is a project Tamara Rubin, executive director of the Lead Safe America Foundation, whose own children suffered the effects of lead poisoning from a home contracting project gone wrong. Tamara has been the recipient of the 2011 National Healthy Homes Hero Award and the 2011 Healthy Child Healthy World Mom On A Mission Award.
The film follows the stories of several families who are helped through the advocacy work of Tamara Rubin and the Lead Safe America Foundation. The story of Tamara’s own journey as a parent of lead poisoned children will be interwoven with personal stories of families and children across the country that have impacted as well as with highly provocative interviews with experts in the industry (lead poisoning prevention advocates, research scientists, policy makers, construction industry representatives, EPA, CDC, HUD and more).
The film explores the history and current state of lead and lead hazards in our environment, dispels the myth that the problem of lead poisoning was “solved” with the 1978 ban on lead paint, and uncovers the truth about the fact that one in three American children today (22,000,000 children) have been poisoned by lead. There are well-researched correlations between lead exposure (even at very low levels) and the current unexplained rash of learning disabilities and behavioral disorders that American families, teachers, and pediatricians are now grappling with.
This is a solutions-oriented film and a primary focus will be on the importance of lead-safe work practices in home and building renovations as the front-line of primary prevention for childhood lead poisoning.
This film is completely funded by tax-deductible contributions made to the Lead Safe America Foundation by companies and individuals supporting the film. In order for the film to be completed and produced for theatrical release, the project needs to raise an additional $200,000 in sponsorships.The majority of the proceeds from the sale and distribution of the film will be used to create an endowment for the Lead Safe America Foundation to continue its mission to prevent childhood lead poisoning through education and to offer emergency intervention and support to families across the country (and around the world) whose children have been poisoned by lead in their homes and environment.
The Lead Safe America Foundation is offering our readers a chance to win a pack of LeadCheck swabs and a bottle of LockUp Lead ($45 value) to keep your home safe. Contest closes 9/20 and winners will be randomly selected.