Stephen Curry’s unanimous media director Brian Tetsuro is coming up with a disappointing new documentary titled Ivy’s “Cancer Alley”.
Engaged with the themes of racial and environmental justice, the film tells the story of a small working class community living in the shadow of approximately 150 petrochemical facilities in southern Louisiana. The area, known to locals as “Cancer Eli,” has seven of America’s 10 most carcinogen-driven census tracts and has been dubbed a “modern day garden” by staff. The nickname “Cancer Alley” has also been disputed by some corporate leaders as a misnomer, referring to the low average rate of cancer in many districts. The feature will explore this debate in depth.
“I heard the story through a friend and then literally jumped on a plane because I had to see it,” director Ivy said. “I’ve never seen so many deaths and so many lives together in one place.”
Curry, Eric Payton and Janelle Lindsay will co-produce Universal Media Executive with Gregory Daniel King. The film is being produced by Ivy, as well as Jens Jacob and Jason Palmer of Cipher Studios.
Jacob added that when he heard what he heard against the people of Sharon Lavigne and St. James Parish, my heart broke. This is the dark bottom of capitalism, where the dollar is more important than the people.
Ivy is best known for directing “Emanuel”, which she co-produced with Oscar winners Viola Davis, Curry and Mariska Hargitay. It looks at the tragedy inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where nine innocent churchgoers were killed.
Although unanimous and cipher studios make “Cancer Alley”, they will release a short film under the same name for free on Curry’s YouTube channel and Noones.
Last month, Curry and the unanimous Comcast signed a larger overall deal with NBC Universal. The agreement marks the media giant’s first “global talent partnership” and includes opportunities to develop first shows at the company: DreamWorks animation for kids and family content; Creative and contributing to the camera at NBC Sports; Opportunities at NBC News Studio, MSNBC and CNBC; Universal Parks and Resorts; And Comcast’s Exfinity brand.