Icarus Films will be delivering the Bullfrog Films production of documentary filmmaker Angela Sun’s Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the DVD marketplace on July 18.
In June of 1942 the fate of the world rested on the outcome of a naval battle at the tiny atoll of Midway in the Pacific. For three days the Japanese Imperial Navy, under the command of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, battled the American Navy and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz … and the results changed the entire face of World War II in the vast Pacific Ocean.
Now skip ahead 70 years to the same Midway Atoll and a new battle is being waged … that is what Angela Sun’s film is about. And it is every bit as horrific as a world at war.
Remember the famous exchange in The Graduate — Walter Brooke’s character says to Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman), “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.” And, Benjamin bites, “Yes, sir.” “Are you listening?” “Yes, I am.” And then comes the payoff, “Plastics.” It is 1967 and the future is plastics.
Sun and her film crew arrive at Midway and a new battle is raging all around this remote island outpost. It is literally the center of an ocean storm that swirls tons and tons of plastic to this part of the Pacific.
The result are bird kills of Biblical proportions … and all you need to see is a dead albatross gutted on camera by a member of Angela Sun’s film production team to understand the gravity of the problem. Instead of fish guts spilling from the dead bird’s stomach, it is lumps of plastic … this majestic bird of the open seas — made famous in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” — literally starved to death on plastic.
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a wake-up call to think about what we are dumping into our oceans!