Runtime: 60m 14s | Release date: 2014
It's the world’s second most common form of litter. It’s invisible to most. Yet it lurks everywhere, including the bottoms of tables, desks, and shoes. How did we become so addicted to chewing gum, and how is our consumption of trillions of sticks a year impacting our health and our planet?
Join award-winning, eco-activist filmmaker Andrew Nisker – Garbage! Chemerical, Orange Witness – in a cinematic first as he travels our planet and speaks to gobs of manufacturers, activists, scientists, and everyday consumers to unravel the entertaining yet shocking truth behind our obsession with a seemingly innocuous product that is gumming up more than just our environment.
From an ancient archeological site in the northern wilds of Finland; to the bustling streets of London, England’s shopping district; to the steaming, bug-infested rainforests of Mexico; you’ll be taken on a country-hopping journey full of unexpected twists and bubble-bursting surprises. Dark Side of the Chew takes a Super Size Me approach to this documentary (Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer) – that is, in typical Andrew Nisker fashion, it takes on a serious, topical social issue with humor, quirkiness, and a playful quality, while still getting to the core of the issue. Editor of POV Magazine, Mark Glassman, enjoyed “the fact that it was a very funny film about a very serious subject. And I think Andrew was able to put it in a kind of context – the whole question of chewing gum – in a way that seemed funny on the one hand, but gradually got darker and darker, like the title of the film. He’s a wonderful filmmaker.”
Packed with quick facts and profound revelations about chewing gum, a product most people don’t give a second thought, the film goes one step further and tries to inspire the viewer to take action –“it reinforces the inspiring notion that any average Joe... can make a difference.” (Parker Mott, Dorkshelf.com) Dark Side Of The Chew will give you a lot to chomp on if you’re hooked on this seemingly innocent, age-old habit.
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