Dirty Laundry: The Asbestos Documentary


Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00pm
Old Bakery Beer Company
The Gathering

Why did a 90-year-old grandmother and housewife die from a rare form of cancer whose only cause is exposure to asbestos? The answer: asbestos dust on the clothes of her husband, who worked at Shell Oil’s Wood River Refinery in the Metro East’s Roxana, Ill. Her grandsons, cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson, set out on a cross-country bike ride with a camera crew and a mission: to gather information on the disease known as mesothelioma, their grandmother’s cause of death. From California to New York, they interview surviving family members, doctors, activists, and members of communities such as Libby, Mont., who are still living with active, toxic asbestos sites. The documentary reveals the stark reality of corporate dissembling and apparent disregard for lives already lost and still being placed at risk from the continued manufacture and use of asbestos, the creation of open asbestos waste sites, and the reckless excavation of contaminated ground.

75 min.

Directed by

Conor B. Lewis



Film Category

Environmental Focus Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Show-Me Cinema


Environment Family Issues Medicine
With director/subject Lewis and subject Johnson.

Alton screening co-presented with Rock the Hops and Old Bakery Beer Company

Sponsored by

Simmons Hanly Conroy, A National Law Firm

Film Website

Official Website