The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now.


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Dana Nachman

Born and raised in New York, writer/director Dana Nachman’s films, WITCH HUNT (2008) and LOVE HATE LOVE (2011) have premiered and screened at the Toronto, Tribeca, IDFA, AFI and Cinequest Film Festivals. She has won numerous prizes including 3 Emmy Awards, The Edward R Murrow Award, The Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival.  She has received more than a dozen grants for her work including grants from the Tribeca Institute, Fledgling Fund and the Pacific Pioneer Fund. Nachman’s films have been seen by millions of people on various networks including MSNBC and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University.  She lives in Northern California with her husband and three children.

Don Hardy

Don Hardy

Don Hardy is the co-founder of KTF Films, a documentary production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don’s films have played to sold-out audiences at prestigious film festivals and have been seen by millions of people around the world. His most recent film, THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and IDFA in 2013. In 2011, Don’s film, LOVE HATE LOVE, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film won several film festival awards and had its US broadcast premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012. His first film, WITCH HUNT, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and was broadcast on MSNBC. Don is currently hard at work on a new film about the avant-garde music and art collective known as The Residents. Over the years, Don has won numerous awards for his films, photography, and editing including 6 Emmys, 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards, 7 Associated Press Awards, the prestigious San Francisco Bay Area Photographer of the Year Award and more than 15 National Press Photographer Association Awards.

Chelsea Matter

Chelsea Matter

Chelsea Matter is a documentary producer whose films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Full Frame and IDFA and received national distribution through outlets such as RADiUS-TWC, The History Channel, Gravitas Ventures and OWN. Matter is a producer on THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Mill Valley Film Festival and international premiere at the renowned IDFA. Most recently, she co-produced and line produced the film BEING EVEL, directed by Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She was also a co-producer on A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Matter’s other film credits include INEQUALITY FOR ALL, which won the Special Jury Award at Sundance 2013 and LOVE HATE LOVE, which premiered at Tribeca 2011. A graduate of Stanford University, Matter has produced and written documentary television series for outlets including Discovery, The History Channel, NatGeo, Science Channel, Plum TV, A&E and Travel Channel.

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Ashvini Bhave`

Ashvini Bhave` is respected in India and amongst the Indian diaspora as a versatile actress in theater, television, and cinema. Her acting career has spanned over 40 films with several critically acclaimed performances in films such as Kalat Nakalat, Ahuti, Ashi hi banawa banvi, Bhairavi, Purush and the blockbuster film Heena by R.K productions. Besides receiving a degree in Motion picture and Television from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, she also has a degree in philosophy from University of Mumbai. Ashvini has won several Best Actress and Critics’ awards and is regarded as an actor of substance. She penned a popular column in the leading Marathi daily Loksatta for many years. She made her first documentary film Warli art and culture, about an endangered tribal art, in 2002. It screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival.  In 2007 she produced her first feature film Kadachit and received accolades for her gripping performance as the protagonist. She lives in California with her husband and two children.


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The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition is the largest environmental health coalition in the country, with over 300 coalition partners representing millions of individuals including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation. The coalition is united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.

Breast Cancer Fund

The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. The organization translates the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect health and reduce breast cancer risk. The Breast Cancer Fund is also a founding member and national coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a broad-based coalition working to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.

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The Ecology Center is a Michigan-based nonprofit environmental organization that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and demonstration projects. One of The Ecology Center’s major programs is HealthyStuff.org, which researches consumer product chemical hazards to promote chemical policy reform.

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  • Connie Engel is an expert on the conjunction of science and advocacy in the environmental breast cancer movement. She is the Science and Education Manager for the Breast Cancer Fund.

  • Sarah Janssen is a physician specializing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She serves on the executive board of San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and a staff physician at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. She was a past Senior Scientist for the NRDC, where she provided scientific expertise for policy and regulatory decisions on a number of toxic chemicals.

  • Lauren Heine, PhD is Co-Director of Clean Production Action. She co-authored the GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals and applies green chemistry, green engineering and design for the environment for sustainable business practices.

  • Bruce Akers is a Green Chemist who has been formulating Natural Products for over 20 years, and has brought well over a hundred of his formulations to market. He has been a Director of R&D for EO Products, and Method.  He has been on the advisory board of numerous NGOs in regards to product safety, and has been involved in the development of many of the industries most used standards.

  • Adria Vasil is the bestselling author of Ecoholic, Ecoholic Home and Ecoholic Body. She has been writing the weekly Ecoholic column for a decade. Prior to being a journalist, she worked as a researcher in the non-profit world investigating corporate practices.

  • Danielle Messina is a young breast cancer survivor, clean beauty advocate and author of green beauty blog, The Glamorganic Goddess. She's also the Healthy Beauty Advisor for Unite For HER, a regular contributor to LuckyMag.com, and consults for natural beauty brands, retailers, salons and organizations.