Green Documentaries: Addicted to Plastic

Directed by Ian Connacher
Produced by Cryptic Moth Productions
Camera: Ian Connacher, Gad Reichman
Music Supervision: Oliver Johnson courtesy of the Hive
Editors: Martyn Iannece, Gad Reichman, Kevin Rollins

Addicted to Plastic reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions.

From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost.

For better and for worse, no ecosystem or segment of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there’s so darn much of it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up.

Addicted To Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a new perspective about our future with plastic.

“A sobering must-see and needs to be shown at every educational level globally!” Dr. James M. Cervino, Visiting Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Department of Marine Chemistry

Note about Short Version “The shorter version uses a third-person perspective on plastic, without the filmmaker acting as tour guide. The shorter version also excludes the chapter on toxic ingredients in plastic because the section was the easiest to cut as it veered away from the disposability issue of plastic waste. Issues of marine debris, recycling, and bioplastics remain identical to the longer version.” Ian Connacher, filmmaker

Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2008     Copyright Date: 2007
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-795-7     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-794-9

Source:
Bullfrog Films website

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