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Addicted to Plastic

Post-film conversation with Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free:  How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

Hand-prints & plasticFrom 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.


Economics of Happiness

Planet LocalAre we stuck with an economic system built on extraction, consumption, and waste?  Economics of Happiness shows how perpetual economic growth (the presumptive mandate of capitalism) is antithetical to the sustenance of balance and life on this planet.  The film describes alternative models that support full employment, community mental health, and a rich ecology.

Post-film commentary and discussion with Sanjen Miedzinski, PhD, who has written a monograph on “How Did We Get Into This Mess?”