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Company Town

Director - Natalie Kottke-Masocco, Erica Sardarian
Run Time - 90 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD / Digital streaming
Year - 2017
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- American Studies, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, History (U.S.), Labor Studies, Law & Legal Studies, New Releases

Institutional DVD Price: $195

Crossett, Arkansas is home to about 5,500 people, one Georgia-Pacific paper and chemical plant owned by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch, and a startling rate of cancer and illness. This groundbreaking investigative documentary follows local pastor David Bouie as he fights to save his community. It offers a rare look inside a small town ruled by a single company, where the government's environmental protections have been subverted and ignored, leaving its citizens to take on entrenched powers in a fight for justice.

Crossett's residents are up against one of the nation's largest industrial company: Koch Industries. Pastor Bouie worked at the Koch's Georgia-Pacific plant for ten years, and on the street where he lives, 11 out 15 households lost someone to cancer. He seeks answers and actions to help protect the lives of his neighbors, many of whom have worked their entire lives at the plant, making products like Angel Soft, Brawny Paper Towels, Quilted Northern and Dixie paper cups. He galvanizes the town, revealing untold stories of health and medical crises.

Crossett is just one of hundreds of towns across America polluted by big business and failed by local, state and federal environmental protections. Company Town ultimately asks, what do you do when the company you work for and live next to is making you sick? It is the story of a modern-day David vs. Goliath.

"Makes a powerful case for enforcing federal and state environmental regulations more stringently than they have been at the G-P mill, whose smokestacks keep on billowing potentially deadly gas into the lives and lungs of innocent people." - Film Journal International