The Story of Plastic: New Film Exposes the Source of Our Plastic Crisis
The trash of rich nations has become the burden of poorer countries.Prigi Arisandi, who founded the environmental group Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation, picks through a heap of worn plastic packaging in Mojokerto, Indonesia. Reading the labels, he calls out where the trash originated: the United States, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada. The logos range from Nestlé to Bob’s Red Mill, Starbucks to Dunkin Donuts.
It’s one of dozens of moving scenes in a new feature-length documentary called The Story of Plastic,directed by Deia Schlosberg and presented by The Story Of Stuff Project, the organization first known for its punchy digital shorts about consumption and environmental issues.
We all know by now that plastic waste is a problem — it’s washing ashore on beaches, swirling in giant ocean eddies, gumming up the insides of whales and seabirds, and embedding itself in the farthest reaches of the planet. But most media coverage focuses on the end of the line — where plastics end up — and not where they came from or why.
The Story of Plastic fills that void. 10-12-19
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High Tide in Dorchester
High Tide in Dorchester is a film that encourages discussions and actions concerning sea level rise, erosion and climate change in Dorchester County, MD. The film creates a powerful, intimate story that looks at a worsening global threat through the lens of Chesapeake Bay’s most vulnerable county.
Following screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Sandy Cannon-Brown, filmmaker; Tom Horton, author and journalist; Joe Fehrer, Coastal Communities Project Manager, The Nature Conservancy MD/DC; and Alice Hill, author. Panel discussion will be moderated by Maggie Burnette Stogner, executive director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking.
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