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Tapped -- TAPPED examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.


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Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. | Add synopsis »
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Sally Bethea ... Herself
Earl Blumenauer ... Himself
Amanda Brown ... Herself
Eugene Brown ... Himself
Robert Bullard ... Himself
Suzie Canales ... Herself
Ruth Caplan ... Herself
Howard Dearborn ... Himself
Joe Doss ... Himself
Emily Fletcher ... Herself
Shirley Franklin ... Herself
Wenonah Hauter ... Herself
Mike Herndon ... Himself
Jane Houlihan ... Herself
Melissa Jarrell ... Herself
Stephen King ... Himself
Dennis Kucinich ... Himself
Barbara Lippert ... Herself
Bridie McGreary ... Herself
Betty McLaughlin ... Herself
David Michaels ... Himself
Bobi Miller ... Herself
Jim Miller ... Himself
Charles Moore ... Himself
Merrigail Owen ... Herself
Wayne Owen ... Himself
Adrianna Quintero ... Herself
Lauren Robin ... Herself
Elizabeth Royte ... Herself
Frederick Vom Saal ... Himself
Dennis Sabourin ... Himself
Horace Smith ... Himself
Craig Stevens ... Himself
Cat Warren ... Herself
Iwilla Washington ... Herself
Ruben Washington ... Himself
Jim Wilfong ... Himself
Christopher Williams ... Himself

Directed by
Stephanie Soechtig 
Jason Lindsey (co-director)
Writing credits
Josh David (written by) &
Jason Lindsey (written by) &
Stephanie Soechtig (written by)

Produced by
Jessie Deeter .... co-producer
Christina Foundation .... associate producer
Sarah Gibson .... producer
Krystal Lord .... associate producer
Ellen Mai .... co-producer
Sarah Olson .... line producer
Stephanie Soechtig .... producer
Michael Walrath .... executive producer
Michelle Walrath .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jason Brandt 
Cinematography by
Adam Dubrowa 
Michael Millikan 
Film Editing by
Jason Lindsey 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Shepherd .... makeup
Sound Department
Christopher Brown .... additional sound mixer
Brett Butler .... sound effects editor
Mike Fair .... additional sound mixer (as Mikel Fair)
John W. Frost .... supervising sound editor
Alex Herrera .... additional sound mixer
James A. Moore .... sound editor
Tana Rusitanonta .... production sound mixer
William Joseph Stephanacci .... additional sound mixer
Eric Stolz .... sound editor
Jay Ticer .... additional sound mixer
Phil Vo .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Allen .... additional photography
Liz Arnold-Hood .... grip (day player)
Matthew J. D'Avella .... additional photography
Michael Dana .... additional footage
Adam Dubrowa .... additional photography
Ed Fabry .... additional photography
Jeremy M. Lange .... additional: photos
Annalise Littman .... additional footage
Bill MacDonald .... additional footage
Gary Mercer .... additional photography
Allen Rosen .... additional photography
Shelia Smith .... additional photography
Martha Spiess .... additional footage
Blaine Stevenson .... additional footage
Liza Wilfong .... additional: photos
Editorial Department
Kristina Allison .... head of post-production
Adam Condal .... additional editing
Adam Condor .... second assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Chris Potts .... assistant editor
Matthew Twomey .... assistant editor
Jason Yanuzzi .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mike Meeker .... music clearances
Other crew
Greg Deist .... production assistant
Luke Emery .... production assistant
Christina Foundation .... researcher
Richard Hankin .... creative consultant
Liz Hood .... production assistant
Ron Mitchell .... research consultant
Elijah Olson .... assistant to director
Stephanie Sapienza .... researcher
Josh Staman .... research assistant
Nadim Bahou .... special thanks
Larry Barber .... special thanks (as Larry Barber PhD)
Gene Bergoffen .... special thanks
Sally Bethea .... special thanks
Susana de Anda .... special thanks
Markus Erikson .... special thanks (as Dr. Markus Erikson)
Benjamin Grumbles .... special thanks
James Herberg .... special thanks
Terri James .... special thanks
Ken Kirk .... special thanks
Sharon Kniess .... special thanks
Mike Markus .... special thanks
Eunice Martinez .... special thanks
Roger Masters .... special thanks
Sergio Paolos .... special thanks
James Parrott .... special thanks
Mehul Patal .... special thanks
Ray Rogers .... special thanks
Scott Snyder .... special thanks
Rebecca Soechtig .... special thanks
Nancy Stoner .... special thanks
Alan Vajda .... special thanks (as Alan Vajda PhD)
Hannah Warren .... special thanks
Mae Wu .... special thanks

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Again, Science and Law Vs. Misinformation and Materialism, 11 November 2011
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

This enlightening, competently investigated and imperative documentary with a fantastic opening titles sequence seizes the various health and environmental concerns associated with the privatization of water. Bottled water corporations make masses of proceeds every year, but are they entitled to exhaust a small town's water supply without previous permission and without restoring it? Fryebyrg, Maine, endured a water famine while, in tandem, Coca-Cola continued to pump their already deficient supply. It's revealed that the bottled water industry is unregulated and causes health hazards. Tap water, however, is thoroughly regulated. Municipalities test water for toxins nonstop every day.

Director Stephanie Soechtig jabs acutely at the predicament of water with specific and vital insights, eschewing disproportionate use of talking heads. For instance, I feel like I should've already known that the Pacific has a portion overflowing with plastic. Numerous corporations employ the chemical BPA to make their bottles, a neurotoxin that potentially causes various neurological disorders. There's no denying that any and every form of growth are all endangered when science and law mingle with misinformation and materialism. At least documentaries like Tapped appear every so often to nurture awareness, to notify the people and clear the daze of party lines. Whether or not Tapped will help to heal the public's indifference toward progress and environmental causes is a different affair.

Tapped does to bottled water manufacturing what Food, Inc. and Super Size Me did to food monopolies. It's an exposé of champion reporting. Some will likely put the propaganda label on Tapped however, and one could split those hairs, insomuch as it's predisposed to a certain alliance. But the information is indisputable, unlike the propaganda of today that functions to make us believe what its makers don't believe themselves. Tapped joins the crusade to battle corporate Goliaths who have milked local water supplies to sell it in toxic bottles, sometimes during droughts that constrain towns to rigorously limit their own water use.

We're first brought to Fryeburg, where one day, their standard of living is as it's been for generations, and the next day enormous trucks roll in. Without any prior communication, Nestle just silently procured land to tap for water, and since then they've been rolling those trucks in and out, extracting from the local spring but paying no taxes to recover the community. And unlike other trades, they're not even required to purchase resources to make their product, save for those plastic bottles, made by petroleum factories with cancer-causing constituents.

All effective modern documentaries seem to need statistical facts presented in graphic design effects to give their allegations a source. And in an age of instant gratification, they must. Conservative Libertarians want to know what's wrong with someone making a buck? Well, just 1% of the water that envelops 75% of the planet is drinkable. A year before this documentary was finished, there was a drought in 35 of 50 States. No water, no life. The first words said in Tapped are, "By 2030, two-thirds of the world will not have access to clean drinking water."

During a Raleigh drought, Pepsi kept hauling over 400,000 gallons a day. How are such reckless actions possible in a democracy? Well, the FDA, we gather from intense footage of Senate hearings, relies on tests run by the companies themselves! Meanwhile, one FDA pen-pusher is accountable for supervision of the entire industry. Put in close-up and faced with facts, we ultimately even hear the FDA publicist telling Soechtig that if he'd known this was the course the interview was to take, he wouldn't have agreed to grant the interview. Why does the FDA even need a publicist?

A visit to Corpus Christi familiarizes us with residents who live within miles of the factory producing the plastic bottles used by the big three water manufacturers. All have health troubles. The more you watch, the more scared and livid you become. American industry has been reduced to a criminal kingdom over the last thirty years, but the bottled water industry has clearly avoided greater scrutiny. Hopefully, that's changing. It all boils down to water as a rudimentary birthright, a raw material owned by us all. If you begin commodifying bare essentials of life in such a way as to make it harder for people to get to them, you have the footing for grave political volatility.

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