Director of Stink! Movie Jon J. Whelan does a question and answer session during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Director’s Statement

I used to be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. I thought that if a product was on the shelf in a store, that meant it was safe. I naively believed that if a product contained dangerous, toxic ingredients, ingredients that could cause cancer, that product would be banned.

In making “Stink!” over the past three years, I have learned that companies don’t need to disclose whether products contain chemicals that cause cancer or disrupt hormones, contained endocrine disruptors, even chemicals that could interfere with a child’s growth, or cause reproductive problems. Certainly, we can all agree that American consumers should have the right to choose whether they want to be exposed to chemicals that cause cancer, or birth defects, or reproductive harm? Apparently not.

By keeping the ingredients secret, companies are taking away our ability to make informed choices. In other words, we don’t even have the right to choose whether we want to be exposed to a carcinogen. Companies using unsafe ingredients get to choose for us. And that’s why I made a documentary called “Stink!” – because no one should be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. Americans need to know that our system to regulate chemicals stinks!

Director of Stink Movie Jon J. Whelan in the Meatpacking District NYC, next to the High Line and the site of the Whitney Museum.

The Filmmakers

Jon WhelanJon Whelan – Director / Producer
Director Jon Whelan entered the world of documentaries in a roundabout way. After a misused youth of surfing, skateboarding and broken bones, Whelan got his MBA while dabbling in Virtual Reality – he was way too early. In 1999 he co-founded the Web auction, selling just before the bubble burst in 2000. Whelan was also a founding member of the New York Angels.The arrival of children in the next decade caused a shift in Whelan’s focus, this time to social justice, and the development of “Stink!.” “Stink!” is an off-beat movie about Whelan’s tenacious quest to uncover the source of a chemical scent in a brand-new pair of kids’ pajamas, his journey through corporate boardrooms and into Congress, and his subsequent discovery of the disturbing ‘Cancer Loophole.’Whelan currently advocates for truthful product labeling and serves as advisor to internet and media startups. He is also a principal of Net Return, Inc., and full-time parent to two young daughters in Manhattan. “Stink!” is his first documentary.

Bryan Gunnar Cole Bryan Gunnar Cole – Editor
Bryan Gunnar Cole is a filmmaker with over 20 years of experience in theater, film and television.He began his career in Seattle, Washington where he co-founded Annex Theatre to produce new stage works created by emerging writers and theater artists. He founded Sweetspot Pictures while still in graduate school to make his first documentary program “Street Dogs” for National Geographic (with Lloyd Fales).Since then, Bryan’s directing, producing, and editing credits span feature film, feature and short subject documentary, unscripted television, as well as significant nonprofit and corporate projects. Most recently, he served as Director of Content for the newest, and one of the largest live music festivals in the U.S.: BottleRock Napa Valley.Bryan holds a BA in Film Studies from Yale University and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, where his thesis film “Trim” won the Wasserman award, NYU’s top honor for outstanding achievement in film.

Krista SaponaraKrista Saponara – Producer
Krista Saponara is an Emmy Award winning producer and director whose career spans 18 years of documentary, series, and specialty show work featured on ESPN, TNT, PBS, ABC, TLC, and FOX.As Executive Producer and Producer, she spearheaded the development and production of the PBS feature-length documentary “The Street Stops Here,” a portrait of the nation’s best high school basketball coach Bob Hurley, Sr. and his lifelong commitment to save the lives of inner-city kids and the poor Catholic high school that gives them hope.Krista has been responsible for creative direction, intellectual property and original programming development, overseeing production and post-production departments. She conceptualized, produced and directed Telly Award winning commercial campaigns for the Big Ten Conference and Converse.Currently an independent filmmaker and content creator, she continues her search to find people, stories and projects that will educate and entertain but most importantly, inspire.


Stink! Press Kit
Stink! Press Kit (.pdf)

Stink! Film Stills
Coming soon

Stink! Film Script
Act 1 (.pdf)
Act 2 (.pdf)
Act 3 (.pdf)
Act 4 (.pdf)
Act 5 (.pdf)

Stink! Script in Chinese (电影剧本)


Stink! Film Clips
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Produced and Directed by Jon J. Whelan

Bryan Gunnar Cole

Jon J. Whelan
Bryan Gunnar Cole

Krista Saponara

Director of Photography:
Daniel Carter

Original Music By:
Erin O’Hara

Motion Graphics:
Gordon Fales

Additional Photography:
Dan Brohawn
Grace Huang
Tom Miller
Jamal Solomon
Jon Whelan

Sound Recordists:
Chris Callus
Michael Jones
David Hocs
Michael Kimball
Brian Buckley
Big Pictures Media

Post Production Services:
Sweetspot Pictures

Assistant Editor:
Ned Thorne

Edit Room Assistant:
Alex van Gelder

Additional Motion Graphics:
Alex van Gelder

Assistant to Director:

Post Production Finishing Services:

Eric Alvarado

Online Editor:
Eugene Lehnert

Sound Mixer:
Kevin Wilson

Make Up Artist:
Tina Murgas

Make up Model:
Lee Mann

Balloon Consultant:
The Amazing Max

Production Assistants:
Jamal Solomon
Dean Snodgrass

Transcription Services:
Benjamin Sidoti
Sarah Catherine Tunkle
Cody Sanders