Merchants of Doubt

A film by Robert Kenner. A Sony Pictures Classics Release.

From the director of "Food, Inc.", this film is a documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and climate change.

*Rescheduled from Sunday, Feb. 12th due to inclement weather*

$10.00 All Seats

Duration of Film: 98 minutes
PG 13 
(for brief strong language)


About the Presenting Sponsors:

logoClimate Action Project (CAP) is a committee of the First Religious Society/Unitarian Universalist Church which is located at 26 Pleasant Street in Newburyport. Over the past four years CAP has presented documentary films and discussions, author talks, and “Climate Cafes”, large and small group issue talks, for the purpose of raising awareness and understanding in the community at large of the consequences of unchecked climate change, and the importance of personal action in climate justice and climate change abatement.

logoTransition Newburyport is a local grassroots initiative based on a model developed by Rob Hopkins, a teacher of permaculture and natural building in the UK. A transition initiative is a model for engaging the community in a thoughtful process of planning a local response to the challenges of  Climate Change, Natural Resource depletion and Economic Contraction, all of which will bring dramatic changes to life as we know it today. Transition Newburyport is focused on acting together locally to make the transition to a post-fossil-fuel world in a thoughtful and planned way, leading to a more fulfilling, socially connected, sustainable, resilient and self-reliant community


Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Quote from Film:
“If you can ‘do tobacco’, you can just about do just about anything in public relations.”
–Peter Sparber, Lobbyist

Quotes about the Film:
"Provocative and improbably entertaining."
-Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"An enthralling film. As fascinating as it is horrifying."
-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Potent and urgent."
-Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter 

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