Poisoning Paradise | 2017 | Texas Premiere

Directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and Teresa Tico
40 min

Tue Jun 5 | 7:45 PM

Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what's at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Join the international debate about pesticides that is raging around the world, as well as the people's movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth.

Language English

Genre Documentary Feature

Keely Shaye Brosnan is an award-winning broadcast journalist turned award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has nurtured a diverse career covering a wide range of topics, from environmental journalism and animal advocacy to celebrity journalism and apprehending fugitives.

In 2016, Keely made her directorial debut with Poisoning Paradise, which opened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu. Since then, Poisoning Paradise has garnered six awards and continues to screen at prestigious film festivals across the country.

Formerly an entertainment correspondent for NBC's weekend edition of the "Today Show" and CBS's "Entertainment Tonight," Keely has interviewed a myriad of A-list celebrities. Previously, Keely was a correspondent on NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" and served as a correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America" and ABC's Home Show which earned her two Genesis Awards, a Special Achievement Award at the Environmental Film Festival, and a nomination from the Environmental Media Association.

Keely hosted "Great Bears," a series for the Outdoor Life Network as well as E! Coming Attractions and HBO's "World Entertainment Report." As a producer, she created and hosted "Home Green Home" for PBS, an eco-friendly home and garden "how-to" series. Keely was a contributor to Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and is currently completing her first book, Gourmet Gardener.

A world traveler, Keely's interests have led her to report on everything from toxic waste and biodiversity to children's issues and organic gardening. She regularly volunteers her time and talent to numerous environmental causes such as marine mammal and wetland protection, anti-nuclear, clean air and clean water campaigns, endangered species and environmental educational in the classroom for grades K-12.

The Jane Goodall Institute, Environmental Hall of Fame, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Environmental Media Association, Earth Communications Office, Heal the Bay, Women in Film, In Defense of Animals, Senator Barbara Boxer, Peace Over Violence, Organic Style Magazine and The Malibu Times have all honored Keely for her ongoing commitment to the environment.

Native to California, Keely resides in Malibu and Hawaii with her husband, Pierce Brosnan, their 21 year-old son Dylan, and 17 year-old son Paris.

Teresa Tico is a Hawaii based attorney and film producer. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego summa cum laude, and from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is known for handling cases of first impression in the environmental sector of law and is nationally recognized for her work in the natural resources case, Pflueger v. Marvin, which resulted in the largest EPA fine against an individual polluter in U.S. history. In 2000, she turned her legal skills to film production, producing the environmental documentaries Learning To Sea, Going To Antarctica, Miss South Pacific and Fishing Pono, among others, to raise awareness about the cultural and environmental impacts of climate change and declining resources. Currently, she is in production with Producer/Director Keely Shaye Brosnan on a documentary film about the health and environmental impacts of pesticides, titled Poisoning Paradise.



Q&A Panel with Citizens Environmental Coalation and Randy D. Horsak, PE Principal at 3TM Consulting, LLC

Mr. Horsak is a registered Professional Engineer and scientist with more than 40 years of experience in all phases of environmental science and engineering: consulting, engineering, construction, operations management, office supervision, strategic planning, business development, proposal preparation, project management, litigation support, and expert testimony.  He has managed and directed environmental projects in a variety of areas, including: air pollution, ambient air quality testing, noise, soil and sediment, groundwater, surface water, water treatment and purification, contaminated dust, and ecosystems.  His experience includes a wide range of sites and facilities, including: abandoned sites, hazardous waste management facilities, refineries, chemical plants, fossil and nuclear power plants, geothermal energy plants, manufacturing and commercial facilities, pipelines, power transmission lines, oil and gas exploration and production, and public and private properties.  He has authored almost 50 professional publications and lectures, and has testified as an expert witness on multiple occasions.



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