Direct-A-Friend Pictures LLC is pleased to announce the release of its new feature documentary, WASTE BUCKS. The film examines suburban Bucks County, Pennsylvania’s environmental past, present and future and advocates awareness of the ELCON toxic waste water incinerator proposed for Falls Township, Pa. WASTE BUCKS is available in its entirety on YouTube for free viewing.
Beginning with the legacy of William Penn, this 45-minute documentary focuses on the industry inhabiting Bucks County’s Falls Township. It chronicles the efforts of Protect Our Water and Air (POWA), a newly formed local environmental group, campaigning against the ELCON facility’s possible construction and, after analyzing the importance of political action, concludes by questioning area residents’ awareness.
Director and lifetime Falls Township resident Tom Smith produced the documentary after learning about the ELCON toxic facility’s proposal. Working closely with Protect Our Water and Air, Smith shot and edited the film over the course of the last nine months. "Our community is already facing the effects of serious pollution," says Smith. "The ELCON proposal forced me to realize that too few people in Lower Bucks County are aware of the environmental issues affecting our community’s health."
Raised in the Elderberry Pond section of Levittown, Smith has been exposed to Falls Township’s waste industry his entire life. Now a graduate of Ithaca College, NY, Smith holds a B.F.A. in Film, Photography and the Visual Arts. Smith says, “I’m so grateful I had the chance to use what I learned in film school to tell the incredible story of our area’s environmental condition.”
WASTE BUCKS was published online through YouTube, because Smith believes there is an urgency in the message it contains. “Making WASTE BUCKS was the right thing to do,” says Smith. “I cannot describe how disappointed I am to see how my home and that of Pennsylvania’s founder has been polluted.” The documentary will likely not be admitted to many noteworthy film festivals due to its public availability, but Smith thanks digital technology that allowed him to produce the film almost entirely on his own and has given the world a chance to see it.