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Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
The Great Outdoors
Running Time:97 min.
Director:Chris Jordan
Producer:Victoria Sloan Jordan; Jim Hurst; Manuel Maqueda
Screenwriter:Chris Jordan
Cinematographer:Jim Hurst; Chris Jordan; Jan Vozenilek; Joseph Schweers; Chris Johnson; Carlos de Varona (AC)
Editor:Chris Jordan
Print Source:Chris Jordan
Note Writer:Lorraine Hess


Filmed over eight years, acclaimed photographic artist Chris Jordan’s first documentary unfolds on Midway, a remote North Pacific atoll. This is the world’s largest albatross colony, where over 1.5 million of the legendary birds dwell amidst the eerie remnants of a WWII military base. From our first glimpse of a wobbly, slightly clownish-looking bird preparing to fly, an unlikely love affair develops. Erotic mating dances, extraordinary hatching/feeding scenes, and birds in flight are all set to a gorgeous score. These isolated birds do not fear humans, nor the camera’s unprecedented gaze. Looking deeply into our souls, an unforgettable and intimate connection transpires. Yet, as the parents scoop up food for their chicks from flying forays thousands of miles out at sea, we learn of a hidden danger, “one surreal consequence of our collective choice,” as described by Jordan. “I didn’t know I could care about an albatross,” he confesses. Nor did we.

IN PERSON: Director Chris Jordan, Producer Victoria Sloan Jordan

Sponsored by:
Teresa Wolf

Thank you to our community partner Wildcare.

Thank you to our community partner Marin Audubon Society.

Additional Information

Chris Jordan is a multi-media artist based in Seattle. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer to the power of humanity’s collective unconscious. Albatross is his first feature film. He is currently on tour with it, spreading awareness of plastic pollution’s devastating effect on the albatrosses of Midway Island.