Hyde Park is a character-driven documentary that follows an African-American community over 18 years as they struggle to fight environmental racism in Augusta, Georgia.
Hyde Park is a groundbreaking documentary spotlighting the deadly, but often ignored, problem of environmental racism. Of all racial inequalities in the U.S. today, one that is often overlooked, but is perhaps most insidious, is environmental injustice—the fact that blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to live in neighborhoods with uncontrolled toxic waste. Throughout the last twenty-five years, study after study has confirmed this statistic. Environmental racism is pervasive.
In Hyde Park, an African American community in Augusta, Georgia, residents fall ill from industrial contaminants. Surrounded by seven industrial facilities and without funds to relocate, citizens-turned-activists pursue justice with a grit that will inspire thousands of U.S. communities facing environmental racism.
Michelle Hansen is an award winning filmmaker and public speaker with more than twenty years of experience in the film industry. She received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and was a Financial Analyst for Charles Schwab after university. Following an extensive trip to India and Nepal in 1996, Michelle was inspired to pursue her passion for artistic endeavors and activism in the film industry. As a world-traveling producer, she has led film crews throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. In 2006, Michelle produced the award-winning documentary, Speed and Angels (official selection of ten major film festivals, winner of three best documentary awards and three audience choice awards).
Michelle is a public speaker in the non-profit world as well as academia and has moderated events such as an “Art as Activism” panel at NewCo SF. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the trailblazing San Francisco contemporary arts institution, ODC.
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