Missed Conceptions is the story of a pregnant detective on a mission to uncover and expose my own chemical exposure during nine intense months and beyond. I use this story as a way to illustrate the current pandemic of everyday environmental toxins, their effects on reproductive health and their role in creating the now household term “endocrine disruption.” As I turn my lens on the most venerated and vulnerable population —pregnant women and their unborn babies, starting with myself — I offer a unique perspective; my mom’s unexplained cancer twenty years ago serves as an emotional backdrop and cautionary memory that informs my outlook and choices around chemical exposure.
Overtly, this film is about chemicals and modern life, about consumers and corporate responsibility (or lack thereof), about greed and failed government regulation. But on a deeper level it poses questions about denial and passivity – the denial each of us must embrace in order to function in a world of 80,000 registered but untested chemicals; and the passivity of Americans in contrast to consumers in other countries who demand greater accountability from their regulatory bodies. This film will be a call to action on pragmatic, personal and political levels at a moment in time when consumers are picking their heads up out of the sand and recognizing they have the power to fight back against unsafe corporate practices endangering their children’s and their own health.
Faye Lederman holds MJ/MA degrees in documentary film and Judaic Studies from UC Berkeley and NYU. She belongs to New Day Films (steering committee 2004-6) and has taught at SVA and the Skirball Center. She's traveled extensively to facilitate workshops for young women and girls using her films, which have screened on PBS and in festivals, universities, museums, conferences and political organizations. Foundation support includes NYSCA, Paul Robeson, Puffin Foundation, Pacific Pioneer Fund and NYFA (2006 Video Fellow), Foundation for Jewish Culture among others. She also co-directed a multimedia project about organic farmers throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
Jeremy Nacht is a graphic designer, web designer and film producer. He’s received state and national-level recognition for his photography including the NJ Governor's Award and
a Merit Award from the Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS), a program sponsored by the National Foundation
for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA).
Recent projects include co-producing the short documentary film, Hold the Soup;
the multimedia project, Faces of the Farm (Puffin Foundation recipient); design submissions for the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago and the NJ 911 Memorial. Jeremy designs political and corporate collateral as well as marketing material for many independent documentarians in New Day Films.
Joan Mandell is a Detroit-based journalist and documentary filmmaker. Her films include Tales from Arab Detroit; Voices in Exile: Immigrants and the First Amendment; and Gaza Ghetto: Portrait of a Palestinian Family; and her current project, Wild Detroit Honey. She was lead curator for the Arab American National Museum’s veterans oral history project. Joan has taught at University of California, Irvine, Birzeit University and the University of Virginia’s Semester-at-Sea program. She was a Fulbright scholar, a Felton Scholar in Media Literacy and an affiliated fellow at UCLA's von Grunebaum Center for Near East Studies. Joan co-founded Al Fajr news-weekly and served on the editorial board of Middle East Report for two decades.
Jeremy Levine’s work has been screened in dozens of festivals around the world, broadcast nationally in five countries and recognized with several awards for production and human rights. He partnered with Landon Van Soest on the film Walking the Line and recently worked as an editor on Everything’s Cool by Judith Helfand and Daniel Gold (Sundance 2008). He has also worked closely with Working Films, a non-profit focused on audience engagement and political campaigns using social issue films. Jeremy and Landon’s recent film Good Fortune aired on POV’s PBS series summer 2010.
Octavio Warnock Graham is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award winning filmmaker with over 10 years experience in the entertainment industry. He is currently working on a feature length documentary while growing the commercial arm of his production company, Octave Films. He earned an MFA in film production from City University
of New York in 2006 and currently teaches part time in that program.