Friday, October 5, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with You Put What in My Mouth? filmmaker Randall Moore

Filmmaker Randall Moore talks family, fireworks and moles.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM


Name: Randall Moore

Occupation: Filmmaker

Current neighborhood: Northwood Trails

Who or what is your sidekick? My three kids

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Biochemist

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? McCoy's in Westport

Where do you drink? KC Fountain

What’s your favorite charity? Consumers for Dental Choice

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: B and H Photo

Finish thus sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ...” They put forth great effort to revitalize downtown.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ...” Didn’t approve light rail.

“Kansas City needs ...” Light rail

“On my day off, I like to ...” Spend time with the family outside.

“In five years, I’ll be ...” Testifying in front of Congress as to the failings of our Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect dental staff from levels of mercury hundreds of times higher than safety limits.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Martha Speaks with the kids

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Documentaries

What movie do you watch at least once a year? It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Fireworks at the Great Mall

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Mother Teresa

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: The moles digging up my yard

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Wired

Last book you read: Beating Alzheimer’s

Favorite day trip: Taking the kids to the science museum

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Closing a car door for date and shutting it on her dress, not realizing it until after we had driven through puddles and mud.

Interesting brush with the law? Arrested for trespassing when invited into a hotel during spring break.

Describe a recent triumph: Raised $60,000 to fund my documentary on the devastating effects of dental mercury on patients, staff and the environment.

Give us a synopsis of You Put What in My Mouth? and tell us what got you into the project: My dad got diagnosed a few years ago with Alzheimer's disease, so I was interested to learn more about the disease. While doing research on Alzheimer's disease, I came across scientific literature demonstrating that mercury could cause all the same biochemical hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. While I think there are many things that contribute to the severity of Alzheimer's disease, I couldn't think of any exposure to mercury my dad might of had — until — much to my surprise, I learned that dental amalgam fillings are the largest contributor of mercury to the population that has them ... over 120 million people. I discovered overwhelming and dramatic scientific evidence that amalgam fillings, which consist of up to 50 percent elemental mercury, release toxic vapors thousands of times over all known safety limits during the making, placement, polishing and removal process.

Everything I have learned about this issue has moved me to tell the story of four advocates who are struggling to bring this issue to light.

Moore has seven days left to raise the $60,000 to make the film. He has raised $58,186 so far. For more info, see his Kickstarter page.

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