Flush – The Documentary


November 16, 2017 by John Crapper

I’ve been following this project for quite some time.  Having already watched this documentary I can attest to its educational value.

(The following is reprinted with permission.)


What the FLUSH?

Five years ago, 11 Billion gallons of raw sewage overflowed into New York’s waters as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Filmmaker Karina Mangu-Ward wondered if the unprecedented storm damage in her Brooklyn neighborhood, the drought out West, and the future of our food supply had a lot to do with how we flush. So she gave herself a challenge: follow one flush from beginning to end. FLUSH – The Documentary is the story of everything that happens next, and the cultural, political, and corporate forces shaping the way we deal with bodily waste in America today.


The POOP Project is proud to present the World Premiere of FLUSH – The Documentary. In honor of UN World Toilet Day the film will be available Nov. 15 – 21, 2017 free streaming online, screening all around the world, and as part of World Toilet Day Celebrations in New York City, Nov. 19

Nov. 15 – 21 FLUSH is available free, streaming online. House parties and screenings around the world. Scheduled showings include Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio, Kailash EcoVillage in Portland, Oregon, and Jamaican Toilet Summit in Port Townsend!

Want to hold your own viewing party? It’s easy! How-to guide, invitation text and high fiber brownie recipes all available here.

See FLUSH Nov. 19, 2017 as part of World Toilet Day NYC!

Afternoon Screening

  • 2-3pm : Tinkle Power Happy Hour. Featuring drink specials, promotional giveaways from Squatty Potty, and representatives from community stakeholders such as UN Water, NYC H20, Faiths for Safe Water, Peggy Lillis Foundation, Ryan’s Well Foundation and more.
  • 3pm : Video welcomes from the Jamaican Toilet Summit and from Jack “Mr. Toilet” Sim, World Toilet Day founder and keynote speaker at this year’s World Toilet Summit.
  • 3-4pm : NYC Premiere screening of FLUSH
  • 4-5pm : Panel Conversation: Where Are We Now? Featuring director Karina Mangu-Ward, The POOP Project’s Shawn Shafner, Leif Percifield of DontFlush.Me, and engineer Robert Adamski. Guests subject to change. Moderated by journalist Lina Zeldovich. Livestreaming on Facebook.
  • 5pm : Closing remarks



Academics, researchers, and comics share hilarious tales to celebrate World Toilet Day. From stand-up about toilets in field work, history, mental-health, societal norms, and good ole-fashioned poop stories. Come for the laughs and the cutting-edge ideas, stay for the laughs and the cutting-edge ideas. Produced by Kyle Marian.

Guest Host : Shawn “The Puru” Shafner

Performances by : Kyle Marian, Ali Mathu, Gregory Hall, Saad Sarwana, Jackson Fisher…and more to be announced! (line-up subject to change)

Doors at 7pm. Show at 7:30. Ages 21+. Livestreaming on Facebook.

Tickets available HERE!

CAVEAT is a downtown venue that puts on kick-ass, smart events. We’re redefining the boundary between intellect and entertainment. When the thirst for knowledge hits, you don’t have to sit at home watching TED Talks or binge-reading Wikipedia: this is a home for people who love learning, playing, and getting tipsy. Come for the oddball programming – stay for the beer, food and curious company.


FLUSH – The Documentary. Directed by Karina Mangu-Ward. Written by Karina Mangu-Ward and Maxine Trump. Produced by Karina Mangu-Ward with support from the Reva & David Logan Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and Fourth Arts Block.

Release events produced by The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project with generous support from Revada Foundation, on behalf of the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The event was also made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s Grassroots Events program. Promotional support from Squatty Potty.

NYC World Toilet Day Celebrations co-presented by Caveat.


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