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American Experience "Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal" Free Screening Event | April 10

Join WNED PBS for a preview screening of the riveting TV special, Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal, on Wednesday, April 10th from 6pm – 7:30pm. Love Canal was one of the largest, most notorious, and most impactful public health and environmental crises in American history. Be the first to see this 40-minute preview at WNED’s downtown studios. The video presentation will be followed by a live panel discussion, featuring Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Cameo George, the film’s Director, Jamila Ephron, and RIT professor of history and author, Richard Newman. Joe Chille, the Morning Host of the BIG WECK and host of “Buffalo On The Rise” WBBZ-TV will moderate the panel discussion.

Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available in our lot. This is a free event, but you must register to attend.

American Experience

Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal | Preview

A piercing look back at an environmental disaster and the women who spoke up and fought for accountability. Coincides with the 20th anniversary of the completion of Superfund cleanup. Poisoned Ground is a two-hour film about the Love Canal disaster, one of the largest, most notorious, and most impactful public health and environmental crises in American history. The story unfolds like a mystery beginning in 1977, when residents in the small neighborhood on the east side of Niagara Falls first began noticing pungent odors in their homes. Soon, dozens of families began to suffer abnormally high rates of cancer, asthma, kidney disease, miscarriage, birth defects, migraines and more. The battle for justice was led mostly by women, including mousy housewife turned powerful advocate Lois Gibbs, and biologist and cancer researcher Beverly Paigen, whose toxic waste studies were instrumental in getting homeowners resettled even though it was initially dismissed as “useless housewife data.” This ‘useless’ work of citizen scientists created the basis for the landmark Federal Superfund program that today oversees the remediation of more than 1300 dangerous hazardous waste sites across the country.

Free Screening of American Experience "Poisoned Ground: The Tragedy at Love Canal"

Wednesday, April 10


Buffalo Toronto Public Media

140 Lower Terrace 

Downtown Buffalo


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Free Parking | 140 Lower Terrace

Buffalo Toronto Public Media is conveniently located in downtown Buffalo at 140 Lower Terrace, near the I-190. The entrance to our parking lot is on Charles Street (also known as "Mark Russell Alley").

Meet the Panel

Cameo George

Cameo George (Executive Producer, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in documentary, broadcast television and digital content production. George has produced, developed and commissioned innovative programming at CNN, NBC News, ABC News and more. She was the senior producer of CNN’s groundbreaking series Black in America and Latino in America and the executive producer of the eight-hour PBS documentary series 16 for '16: The Contenders, which was also broadcast on the BBC. George joined AMERICAN EXPERIENCE from ABC News, where she was Head of Development for Longform projects, responsible for creating a pipeline of docuseries and feature documentary films across Walt Disney Television platforms including ABC News, Hulu, National Geographic and Disney+

Cameo George in a yellow shirt and plaid blazer

Jamila Ephron

Jamila Ephron has been producing and directing documentary films for nearly twenty years. Her most recent film was The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which premiered on American Experience in 2022. Her previous works for American Experience include Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, which was released theatrically, and George W. Bush. Jamila also produced and co-directed Far from the Tree, based on the bestselling book by Andrew Solomon for Participant Media and Sundance Selects. Additional work for American Experience includes My Lai (winner of the Primetime Emmy and Peabody Award), The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Clinton. She co-produced Makers: Women Who Make America, a three-hour documentary on second wave feminism, and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Jamila Ephron with gold hoops and a black shirt

Richard Newman

Richard Newman is a professor of history at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the author and/or editor of seven books in American history and reform, including Love Canal: A Toxic History From Colonial Times to the Present and The Palgrave Environmental Reader (with Daniel Payne). He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and worked as a historical commentator on other PBS programs, including Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ documentary series, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.” He earned an M.A. in American history from Brown University and a PhD. in history from the University of Buffalo.

A photo of Richard Newman staring into the distance

Joe Chille

Joe Chille, the Morning Host the BIG WECK, host of “Buffalo On The Rise” WBBZ-TV will moderate the panel discussion.

Joe has spent over 50 years in Broadcast Media working for companies including CBS, Taft Broadcasting, Infinity Broadcasting, Townsquare Media and Radio One Buffalo. He was one of the founding members of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and in 2015 was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Recognized as one of the nation’s Best Programmers by Radio Ink magazine Joe also has his own company Joe Chille Productions and does voiceover commercials for various groups around the country.

Joe has in the past worked as a District Supervisor for CRB Holdings Inc./Tim Hortons and has also spent 38 Summers as a Marine Deputy and more recently a Communications Tech for the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Joe lives in the Village of Lewiston and has two grown children; a son, Joe who is a computer systems administrator, and a daughter Justine Mariani who with her husband Matt and children Gianni, Adreyano and Vialeyna live in Wheatfield. He does Radio Programming, Public Speaking, Voice-Over Artist and loves being a Grandpa. His hobbies are cycling (15-20 miles a day) and target shooting.

Joe Chille