After a 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery rattled the community, local activists discovered the blast almost led to a catastrophic release of one of the most toxic chemicals used in refining. Soon after, Torrance activists joined forces with environmental justice activists in Wilmington, uncovering past cover-ups and demanding safer communities by way of tighter restrictions. In the midst of a global climate crisis, Near Miss sheds light on the politics of public safety, environmental health, and environmental racism.
Director Biography - Olivia Rosenbloom
Olivia Rosenbloom is a filmmaker and writer with a strong interest in telling stories that explore the humanity at the root of our most pressing social, political, and environmental issues. She graduated from Brown University with Honors in English Nonfiction writing in May 2020 and currently works in documentary film.