The Coverup

The Coverup

Produced and Directed by Malina Fagan and Lynn Pelletier

THE COVERUP is a feature documentary that aims to uncover the personal and environmental effects of certain toxic chemicals used in everyday cosmetics and personal care products. The average person is exposed to over 200 chemicals a day, just from their cosmetics and personal care products alone. Since the skin is our largest, most porous organ, what we put on it matters. Scientists have not only linked some chemicals in personal care products to serious environmental impacts, but also to human health effects.

With their 2016 Redford Center Grant development award, THE COVERUP team created a stand-alone short film to support the development of their feature-length project, and to make an impact in their local community. The short film, "Reefs at Risk," is set on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, and explores the harmful effects some sunscreen chemicals have on coral reefs, marine life and people. Since its completion in May 2017, "Reefs At Risk" has been screened around the world, winning awards at several film festivals. Viewed more than one million times online, "Reefs at Risk" has been featured on Upworthy, was made available to watch on all Hawaiian Airlines flights, and supported the effort to pass legislation in Hawaii banning sunscreens with the harmful chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate from being sold in the state by January 1, 2021. The film was featured in the Washington Post Express, the LA Times, Mother Jones Magazine, EcoWatch, was linked in an article in Vogue, and has been featured in many local newspapers. The filmmakers have done numerous talks and sunscreen swaps at community screenings throughout Hawaii over the past year, presented a webinar with NOAA, and have screened the film in classrooms in Belize.

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