Toxic Bust
Chemicals and Breast Cancer

a documentary by Megan Siler

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The Filmmaker:

Megan Siler – Producer, Director, and Writer

Megan Siler, the producer/director of Toxic Bust, is an award-winning producer of both fiction and documentary films.  She has an MFA from UCLA’s film program, an environmental studies degree from UC Berkeley and has taught screenwriting and film production for UC Berkeley Extension, Writers Boot Camp, and the Academy of Art College. She won the Emerging Talent Award from the Los Angeles Outfest for her feature length film The Midwife’s Tale, a Dore Schary Award for the documentary, SingleMothers: Living On the Edge, and the UCLA Theater Arts Alumni Spotlight Award for her fictional short First Base, a short fiction film about girlhood sexuality. Megan also brings a profound personal perspective to this documentary through her experience helping her mother battle breast cancer.  Contact:

The Crew:

Sophia Constantinou – Director of Photography

As an accomplished director of photography and director of many independent films, Sophia brings her talent and skill to this production.  Her projects have included Home Front, Presumed Guilty; and Hope Along the Wind.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley Film Department.

Cynthia Sharpe – Assistant Producer

Cynthia has extensive experience in managing projects as evidenced by her former positions as Executive Director of The Working Group and Administrative Director of the Independent Media Institute.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts.

Editor – Shirley Gutierrez
A recognized editor, Shirley began her career in 1991 as an assistant on the HBO film, Earth and the American Dream.  In 2002, she received a Northern California Emmy for Community Programming for Homefront, a documentary about gentrification and displacement in San Francisco and Richmond.  In 2003, the film she edited, Lonely Island: Hidden Alcatraz, received a Northern California Emmy for Educational Programming.  She also worked on Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin, which received the audience award for best documentary at the 2003 International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in San Francisco.


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