Blue Vinyl (2002)

  • Director / Producer: Daniel B. Gold
  • Director / Producer: Judith Helfand
Film Length:
97 minutes

With humor, chutzpah and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director and award-winning cinematographer Daniel B. Gold set out in search of the truth about polyvinyl chloride (PVC), America's most popular plastic. From Long Island to Louisiana to Italy, they unearth the facts about PVC and its effects on human health and the environment.

Back at the starter ranch, Helfand coaxes her terribly patient parents into replacing their vinyl siding on the condition that she can find a healthy, affordable alternative (and it has to look good!).

A detective story, an eco-activism doc, and a rollicking comedy, Blue Vinyl puts a human face on the dangers posed by PVC at every stage of its life cycle, from factory to incinerator. Consumer consciousness and the "precautionary principle" have never been this much fun.

Since 2002, the film has become a significant part of a global movement to replace PVC with safer, healthier, more environmentally sustainable alternatives.

The Film Campaign

Blue Vinyl's My House is Your House campaign was directed by Working Films from 2002 to 2008 with a commitment to long-term change. The campaign was aimed at eliminating the production and consumption of PVC plastic through community action initiatives. Together with organizations and activists at the forefront of the fight to eliminate PVC, we have succeeded in increasing deliberate consumer advocacy and influencing industry change.

Read more about the film's campaign and impact.

Issue: Environment, Health


  • Emmy Nominated - Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • Emmy Nominated - Best Documentary
  • Sundance - Best Cinematography Award 2002

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Blue Vinyl: A Toxic Comedy Oct 02, 2012 New York NY United States Aperture Gallery and Bookstore Complete
Blue Vinyl Apr 24, 2009 Berkeley CA United States 150 Mulford Hall Complete
Blue Vinyl Feb 26, 2009 Brooklyn NY United States 380 Rugby Road Complete

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