, Newburyport, MA


September 24, 2009

Behind the stink; Documentary outlines Newburyport landfill saga

Behind the stink: Newburyport landfill saga hits the screen


Last spring, Mayor John Moak and Health Director Jack Morris issued an administrative order, prompting the capping to begin again. City officials hope it will be closed this fall.

For the film, which she shot between July and November 2008, Godfrey interviewed neighbors and those in the city affected by the landfill. She attempted to interview representatives of both the state's Department of Environmental Protection and New Ventures, but both declined since the matter was in litigation at the time.

"To me, it was a new way in which to tell a story that everyone's been reading about for the past several years," Godfrey says.

Those who have been following the story won't learn any new information, but will see the subject presented in a new medium, she adds.

"It really covers the main points," she said.

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