STRAW aims to show plastic straw litter’s enormous contribution to coastal and marine pollution, promote policy change and demonstrate the impact community awareness initiatives are having on plastic straw use here in the U.S. and abroad. The film will be used to educate consumers and lawmakers, encourage sustainable business practices and motivate activism with youth and conservation organizations.
About the Film:
This is a story that begins with something as small as a plastic straw, but with the power of individual activism, can create a sea of change. Produced and Directed by Linda Booker of the award-winning environmental documentary Bringing It Home. Behind the camera is Blaire Johnson, a two-time Daytime Emmy nominated cinematographer.
STRAWS follows Jackie Nunez, a Santa Cruz, CA resident who founded The Last Plastic Straw in 2011. In addition to youth education, her efforts have influenced Monterey Bay area restaurants to initiate a “straws by request” policy and use sustainable straw alternatives. In the last year interest in plastic straw litter has catapulted as a result of a viral video of sea turtle in Costa Rica with a plastic straw embedded in its nose. We’ll meet the team of marine biologists Nathan Robinson with Leatherback Trust and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued the turtle, and inspired concerned citizens like 11-year old Max Machum to start his own initiative called #sinpajillaporfavor / #nostrawchallenge to reduce plastic straws in the Guanacaste region.
The documentary is already underway. We have filmed The Last Plastic Straw founder Jackie Nunez; Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Author, Turtle Biologist and marine advocate; Monterey Bay area restaurant owners who give “straws on request” only and Aquarium staff who live plastic free. We’ll be interviewing turtle researchers about the affects of plastic debris on marine animals and in our oceans. We'll follow new plastic straw policy and ban initiatives getting off the ground in the U.S. with the support of organizations such as the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Surfrider Foundation, The Plastic Ocean Project in NC and more.
The Pollution Problem with Plastic Straws:
• Straws have become a top ten plastic litter item in beach clean-ups. Every day in the U.S. half a billion plastic straws are used that end up in landfills, litter streets and on beaches adding to the 13 million metric tons of plastic debris dumped in the ocean every year.
• Plastic straws don't biodegrade and they are not recycled. Plastic straws photodegrade if exposed to the sun's UV rays, breaking them down into smaller, more harmful pieces in the ocean. More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons are afloat at sea.
• It’s estimated that over half of the world’s sea turtles have eaten plastic debris. Last year a sea turtle was found with a straw embedded in its nose. Over 260 species, including invertebrates, turtles, fish, seabirds and mammals, have been reported to ingest or become entangled in plastic debris.
The final film will be 15 minutes for festival and policy maker use and with additional funding, expanded into a longer 30-40 minute version for educational use.
The $24,000 Breakdown: Production Equipment: 2k, Professional Cinematographers: 6k, Editing: 6k, Kickstarter's share and Incentives: 2k, Animation/Graphics 4K, Travel Costs: 4k.
Learn More: Learn more about our film by visiting our website http://www.strawsfilm.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/strawsfilm/
Thank you for making this documentary possible!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge with any film is "how do you get the film seen once it's completed?" Two of my other documentary films including award-winning "Bringing It Home" have been used in the U.S. and internationally as a tool for advocates to create dialogue and education around the issues in the films. I've learned what it takes to create a network of supporters and advocates to share their vision and passion for a film they can take to their communities and policy makers. I also work for two film festivals as Director of Operations and have been on the Jury for Wild & Scenic Environmental FIlm Festival. I know what a film needs to have impact and I'll do my best to make you proud as a supporter!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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