The Story of Plastic


Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 6, 2019 11:15 AM
CAFILM STREAMING ROOM Thu, Aug 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Active Cinema
Running Time:89 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Deia Schlosberg
Producer:Deia Schlosberg
Stiv Wilson
Megan Ponder
Screenwriter:Deia Schlosberg
Stiv Wilson
Tony Hale
Brian Wilson
Cinematographer:Deia Schlosberg
Melissa Lesh
Editor:Tony Hale
Brian Wilson
Cast:Martin Bourque
Yvette Arellano
Pratibha Sharma
Froilan Grate
Tiza Mafira
Prigi Arisandi
Print Source:Pale Blue Dot Media
Note Writer:Brian Karl


Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming, manmade crisis. Striking footage illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations and archival material from the 1950s and ‘60s augment the far-ranging insights of contemporary activists, scientists, and farmers in this timely documentary. These perspectives along with forays to sites as far-flung as China, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines, in addition to US locales, point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics. The Story of Plastic forcefully identifies a pressing global challenge first identified around 15 years ago—one that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

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Thank you to our Community Partners, Children for Change and SF Green Film Festival, and our Active Cinema Community Partners, The Story of Stuff and Break Free From Plastic!

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Additional Information

Deia Schlosberg made national news in October 2016, when she was arrested and charged with 45 years' worth of felonies for filming the #ShutItDown pipeline protest in North Dakota. Deia is currently directing the docuseries Bootstraps. Deia produced Josh Fox's climate change film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, and co-produced Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock (2017) and The Reluctant Radical (2018).


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