21,000 views on YouTube!
What an amazing thrill — the preview screener of my film passed 21,000 views on YouTube this morning! Please keep sharing, friends; thank you so much to everyone who has already shared with your friends! Each time the film is seen by a new family it makes an impact that has big ripples in the community of that family… so your simple shares are so important. If you do share the link, please share the direct link from YouTube (you can copy and paste it from the link below), but please also include a comment when you share it — a sentence or short paragraph about why the film is important to you and how it impacted your life; in this way your friends will be more likely to actually watch it (and to watch it through to the end).
The link on YouTube…
Here’s the link, in case you have not watched it yet… This film is really not just “my” film, but is instead a collaborative work by many separate individuals — from so many different walks of life (doctors, research scientists, health policy experts, parents of Lead poisoned children, contractors, and many others) — united through a shared concern for preventing childhood Lead-poisoning. I know that watching the movie changes lives (people tell me that all the time after they watch it!), so I would really appreciate it if you take the time to watch it if you have not yet (and watch it to the very end – the full 92 minutes!) and share it with everyone you know, especially everyone you know who has small children, has grandchildren, or is planning on having children in the future! Thank you.
Why is the film on YouTube – and not on Amazon or Netflix?
The film is not yet officially and formally finished, so the link here (the version that has been seen more than 21,000 times) is a preview screener of the film. The version on YouTube is a “fine cut” – so (thanks to an infusion of funds I received with my mother’s passing and was able to use towards getting the film “more finished”) it looks finished to most viewers, but from a filmmaking perspective (in several technical and administrative areas – as well as some artistic areas, including final animation and graphics and final original score) it is not quite finished.
Why did you run out of money to finish the film?
Funding to finish the film was diverted to defending my advocacy work (including defending my work on the film) against false accusations and attacks – attacks initiated with bogus anonymous complaints which illegally used government resources to take actions that effectively attempted to silence my voice as an activist and filmmaker. As a result I am now suing the State of Oregon in Federal Court for multiple civil rights violations against me for these attacks that had the primary impact (among many other related impacts) of silencing my film (by making it impossible for me to finish it.) The fact that the film (even as an “incomplete” preview screener) has such a significant impact on viewers is one reason it is so upsetting to me (heartbreaking really) that the completion of this film has been held up for over 4 years in an awful and useless (frivolous) SLAPP-suit-style legal battle. [If you’re interested in such things, here’s my full Civil Rights lawsuit – filed with the Federal Courts in August of 2019 – discussing the last several years in detail.]
What if my friends have questions after they watch the film?
People who watch all the way to the end can text me with any questions after they watch it, too! If the film doesn’t answer all of your questions (or if it raises new ones) – I would like to know about it! https://youtu.be/eRKlaC2EjL0
Are you you making money by sharing this film on YouTube?
No. I am not yet monetizing my YouTube channel in any way. I don’t know how things with YouTube work exactly, but I think the ads shown on the video may generate some revenue directly for YouTube for hosting the film. As of this posting I have never received a single payment from YouTube for views of the content on my channel. My understanding is that I need to have at least 1,000 subscribers to my channel before I can monetize any of my videos. There are currently 665 subscribers…. so – if you want to help me monetize my videos in the future – please do subscribe to the channel! Thank you.
Why does this film matter now?
(During the Zombie Apocalypse)
Thank you for taking the time to watch during what I know is a very trying time for everyone. The topic of childhood Lead-poisoning is more relevant today than ever — as so many people have decided to undertake DIY projects while they are staying home with their families for the #ZombieApocalypse. Many of these families are not aware of the potential harm they are causing their families with the toxic-Lead-dust created by their DIY renovations on their pre-1978 homes.
If you have friends working on a DIY project during this time (especially if those friends have kids at home and even more so if their home was built before 1978), there is not a better time to share this film with them, so they can learn about the importance of Lead-safe work practices and avoid potentially poisoning themselves and their families. Lead-poisoning is a terrible – and avoidable – life-long “co-morbidity factor”!
Stay safe out there.
Director, Writer, Producer
MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic, a documentary feature film.