Plastic Paradise presented by Patagonia

Plastic Paradise

Directed by Angela Sun. 2013. United States. 57mins.

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

Followed by Q&A with Angela Sun (Director).


Screens With

Gloop

Directed by Gaby Bastyra. 2011. United Kingdom. 4 mins.

“Gloop” is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

Miracles On Mon Repos

Directed by Matt Raimondo. 2014. Australia. 3 mins.

In Bundaberg, at the entrance to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, a miracle takes place nightly on the shores of Mon Repos beach. This is the place where more than half of the entire concentration of nesting loggerhead turtles in the Southern Hemisphere come to lay their eggs. These big mamma turtles were born on this very beach, some as long as 80 years ago. 

O LE TAEAO FOU

Directed by Lauren Wetzell. 2013. United States. 15 mins.

American Samoa, like many tropical islands, is resource limited due to its size, population, and isolation. The land, people, and marine environment are impacted by the effects of the rubbish and a solution to the problem is overdue. Although efforts to combat litter and conservation issues have been conducted by various governmental and nongovernmental agencies, little insight has been gained in understanding why the litter remains a major problem.

Toy Boats

Directed by Nathan Kaso. 2012. Australia. 4 mins.

A day in the life of the city of Sydney with one small twist.