What Lies

Cullen Hoback’s Documentary What Lies Upstream

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Water and Soil Testing Campaign

 Your regulators and environmental policemen are not doing their jobs. 

 It’s time we change that. 

 We don’t need a wall between Mexico and the US, but we do need a wall between science and politics. 

 It’s good for scientists and for politicians. And it can restore faith in the system again. 

 To make a change, we need to admit that we are facing an invisible problem. 

 Like we saw in Flint and West Virginia, it’s up to you and your community to expose it. 

Tweet @LiesUpstream and @EPA to tell about your community, if you want your water to get tested.

Subscribe to learn more about our water and soil testing campaign.

Protect your water

1. Look at local water quality reports, or CCR - consumer confidence reports. They can be found on your local water system website and are updated in July of every year.

2. Use a basic water filtration system. From activated carbon filters to reverse osmosis systems.

3. Get a lead test kit.

4. Don't use antibacterial cleaning products. Choose non-toxic household products whenever possible.

5. Never flush unwanted or out-of-date medicines down the toilet or the drain.

6. Spread the word and be a water advocate.

Reviews & Interviews


“environmental horror film” Matt Cohen, Washington City Paper

“couldn’t be more timely” Liz Calvario, IndieWire

“quietly devastating” Joe Leydon, Variety

“proves anyone can make a difference” Travis Bean, Film Colossus

“must-see viewing for all Americans” Traverse City Film Festival

“provocative and scandalous” Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs


Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI — Jul 27, Jul 30, 2017

AFI Docs Film Festival, Washington, DC — Jun 15, 2017

Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA — May 28, Jun 3, Jun 4, 2017

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, Mammoth Lakes, CA — May 26, 2017

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, ON — May 2, May 3, May 5, May 6, 2017

Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, OR — Apr 6, Apr 8, Apr 9, 2017

Dallas International Film Festival, Dallas, TX — Apr 2, Apr 3, 2017

Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma, CA — Mar 31, Apr 2, 2017

ArcLight Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA —  Jan 31, 2017

Slamdance, Park City, UT — Jan 20, Jan 22, 2017


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