One event on April 26, 2020 at 4:15 pm
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Playing in front of The Story of Plastic
Spain, 2019, 14 min., Spanish, English
This film feels funnily familiar because it takes some of the famous tropes of spaghetti westerns from a time gone by, and gives it a clever twist. What is significantly less clever is the real-world message that this doc conveys. It appears the iconic sets for these famous films have now been trashed with, well, trash. Luckily, there is an effort afoot to right this wrong and clean up the mess left behind.
DIR: David Regos
PROD: David Regos
EXEC PROD: N/A
EDITOR: Kris Kaczor, Steve Nemsick
David Regos is an award-winning documentary producer and director, whose work has screened not only in countries around the globe but also in outer space. In 2001, after graduating from UC Berkeley, he made the feature documentary Figures & Loops about the quirky world of artistic roller-skating. Since then, he has worked for ABC TV Australia (2009), traveled across the USA filming people’s inspiring Aha Moments (2010-2013), and documented the ancient traditions of the Tibetans in India and the Q’eros of Peru (2015-16). From 2011 to 2014, he produced Divide in Concord, a film about an 84-year old grandmother on a crusade to ban plastic bottled water, which premiered at Hot Docs and won festival awards around the world. His short film, The Most Ideal Place (2019), won Best Film and Best Documentary at the Cinespace Film Festival in Houston.
USA, 2019, 89 min., English
In the 1967 film, The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman’s character, Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate, is told by a family friend, that the future is plastics. How right he was. And how unfortunate that he was so right because single-use plastics have such a pernicious effect on our lives, it is often hard to comprehend. The Story of Plastic works to help us understand the scope and scale of this global scourge. Produced with the same folks who made the widely-seen Story of Stuff, this documentary takes us around the globe to see how plastic has taken over our world, having a deleterious impact that is far beyond anything imagined by screenwriters more than 50 years ago.
DIR: Deia Schlosberg
PROD: Deia Schlosberg, Stiv Wilson, Megan Ponder, Kyle Cadotte
EXEC PROD: Stiv Wilson
EDITOR: Tony Hale, Brian Wilson
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. The Story of Plastic, the Story of Stuff’s first feature film, is her current directorial project. Deia’s other film works include producing Josh Fox’s climate change film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (Sundance/HBO), co-producing Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock (Tribeca/Netflix), and The Reluctant Radical (2018), Lindsey Grayzel’s portrait of one climate activist and his personal struggle with avoiding global catastrophe, and co-directed and produced Cold Love, a look at the 25-plus-year career of explorer Lonnie Dupre’s journeys to the world’s coldest places and the climate change impacts. At Montana State University in Bozeman, she directed and produced Backyard, which looks at the human cost of fracking winning two student Emmys (Best Documentary, Bricker Humanitarian Award) and screened at film festivals around the world.