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Plastic. Once upon a time, it was touted as the way of the future. Disposable plates, cups, cutlery, bags and bottles - when you’re done with it, just throw it away. Plastic meant ultimate convenience. Today, plastic is still widely used and discarded every day. While we all try to do our best to reduce, reuse and recycle the plastics that we can, a significant portion of them end up in our oceans, lakes and rivers.
In October, Me to We Style had the great pleasure of meeting and working with American journalist and television presenter, Angela Sun. Her newest adventure is as a documentary filmmaker, directing and executive producing the independent feature documentary film, “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” As a surfer, scuba diver and ocean lover, the California native was both intrigued and outraged by the Garbage Patch, and her drive to learn more about this growing patch of plastic has led her on an incredible endeavour. As her film makes its way around the film festival circuit, we were able to catch up with Angela to talk about her journey of making this film and what it means to be a conscious consumer.
Credit: Michael Kovac
What drove you to become involved in this project?
It came from an organic curiosity. The more I learned about how complex our plastic problem was, the more I had to tell this story, so it grew into what it is today. My inspiration was my love for the oceans. As a surfer, scuba diver, and swimmer growing up on the coast of California, I always had a curious fascination with marine life and the many untold stories that lie beneath the water’s surface. I knew of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch before the images of birds with bellies full of plastic were easily found online. Seeing it firsthand was one of the most disturbing things to witness.
This is my first feature-length documentary film, but I have done shorts for broadcast television for a while now. I focus on the ocean because it is one of my greatest loves. I have always been a water baby, grew up watching Jacques Cousteau films, and have been fascinated by the ecosystems below. The ocean is as much therapy as it is a huge untapped source of stories of wealth and life.
What was the most challenging part of creating the film?
The most challenging part of creating the film was funding, which is why it took so long (7+ years to make). It was also a challenge to share the story in a concise yet thought-provoking way without some ingenuity. We understand that the issue of plastics in the ocean is not as “sexy” as baby pandas or endangered tigers, but I think the story arc needed time to breathe and unfold on its own throughout the years. This was definitely a marathon, not a sprint and patience is something that I am still learning along the way.
What was the most memorable part of creating the film?
Shooting on Midway Atoll was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was definitely the most memorable because it was so remote and hard to get to. I felt privileged to be one of the few people to have spent time there. Being out there with the wildest of animals and literally watching the food chain and circle of life take place was breath taking. You could literally witness a bird being eaten by a tiger shark! I didn’t have a chance to see it, but others during our visit did. We were able to get so close to the birds because they had no natural predators on the Atoll, they weren’t scared of us. One of the most memorable parts of the film was that whole experience. I kept comparing it to the TV series LOST. It’s like an alternate universe.
What do you want people to take away from Plastic Paradise?
I would like viewers to take away new found knowledge and be moved to action on the grassroots level. I would like them to share the message of what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch actually is; to be more cognizant of the disposable plastics we throw away daily, and the unnecessary need for it. I hope that this awareness will create a sense of civic duty to make small, daily changes in habits.
For the “Plastic Paradise” tee, you chose a fabric that is a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester (made from recycled plastic bottles). Why is it important for you to partner with a brand like Me to We Style?
We all have a lot of “stuff” so when I shop nowadays, I want to be able to support a cause and add value if I am adding to my consumption. Having a brand like Me to We Style on board has been great because our visions are aligned and I love discovering sustainable and comfortable clothing, with a good cut and feel to the fabric. The fact that Me to We Style gives back 50% of their annual profits to Free the Children and also that they plant a tree for each t-shirt made is pretty spectacular and a great way to engage a conscious consumer.
Credit: Michael Kovac
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch will next be screening at the San Diego Asian Film Festival on November 9 and November 16, 2013. For more information, please visit http://plasticparadisemovie.com/. Follow Angela Sun and Plastic Paradise on Instagram and Twitter at sunnyangela and @Plasticpdise.