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Rubbertown: Environmental Racism Documentary Viewing

Friday, October 14, 2016  
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ACSP attendees are invited to the West Coast premiere of “Rubbertown” on Friday November 4 at (2:00 p.m.). This important documentary focuses on environmental racism in Louisville which is noted for having the worst air quality and the shortest life span in the United States. Poor black and white folks who live near Rubbertown in far West Louisville live 10 years less on average compared to the Eastern neighborhoods where mostly white middle and high income people live. But bad air also means that the entire city suffers an appreciable loss of lifespan. Louisville is tied with Detroit for having the shortest lifespan in the United States--with people living in such West Coast cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara living five years longer on average. Living near Rubbertown not only means shorter lifespan but also higher rates of abandonment, crime, and a loss of prosperity, education, health and high paying creative class jobs. This documentary has a focus on the everyday problems of residents who are fighting for cleaner air, water and soil in their neighborhoods. Also, featured is the published research of ACSP member and environmental activist Professor John “Hans” Gilderbloom from the School of Public Health, Planning, Public Administration at the University of Louisville. This documentary is being underwritten by the University of Louisville Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods ( For more information along with possible additional showings, please contact Dr. John I. Gilderbloom at or 502-582-0024

Trailer (59sec): View Here

Synopsis: Rubbertown follows one woman's struggle to try moving her entire house to another county to escape the health hazards of living near chemical manufacturing plants in Louisville, KY.This documentary also features commentary from Dr. John Gilderbloom on his research on lifespans in West Louisville.

About the Director: Filmmaker and UofL visiting assistant professor Remington Smith has been making films since 2006, including a mix of documentary and narrative projects. This is his first documentary feature and is currently in pre-production on a documentary about the Kentucky Derby and the political thriller, Red Collar.



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