This morning I received an email from Wally Franklin of the Oceania Project about a tragic subject that I’ve come across before – the consumption of man’s plastic waste by wildlife in the Pacific Ocean. Read the short press release below for more details or watch this beautifully crafted promotional trailer above.
MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding. Our feature film MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014.