Angela Sun, USA, 2013, 57 mins
In Person: Angela Sun
Travel with filmmaker Angela Sun to Midway Atoll, a remote island in the Pacific, as she seeks to uncover the mystery behind the island of garbage that everyone has heard of but no one truly understands. What she discovers is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island littered with plastics, causing great harm not only to our beaches, oceans, and sea life, but to ourselves. Midway sees 20 tons of plastic trash wash ashore each year and as we watch her sift through ordinary household items among the debris – reusable coffee mugs, flip flops, lighters, even a computer monitor – we find ourselves uncomfortably complicit. This film tackles a seriously daunting problem with high energy and humor, archival footage, and animation as it tracks down the who, what, where and why of this phenomena. Along the way Sun speaks to scientists, environmental activists, the plastic bag guy, marine researchers, plastics industry representatives, even Jack Johnson, to get a sense of how our obsession with plastic began, where it all went wrong and how we can fix it. ~ Kristina Tuohey
Discussion following films. Youth groups are encouraged, but all are welcome to attend this free program.
With short films Choices, Tobacco Use Reduction Force, Unwrapped, Coastguards, and Scars of Freedom.
Co-presented with the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, 5 Gyres, TILT, SF Ocean Film Festival, Friends of the Urban Forest, Bay Area Women in Film & Media, and the Green Stacks program of the SF Public Library.