Blue Vinyl

Blue Vinyl

2002, NR, 96 min. Directed by Judith Helfand, Daniel B. Gold.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Mon., Nov. 4, 2002

The filmmakers call this funny rabble-rouser of a documentary a "toxic comedy." The phrase fits. Helfand and Gold investigate the life cycle of polyvinyl chloride when Helfand's parents decide to have the vinyl siding on their house replaced. Told in first-person, the film also makes inventive use of the animation of Emily Hubley. Gold also won a special award for documentary cinematography at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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