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Film presented by 11th Hour Racing and shown in partnership with Clean Ocean Access and The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Suggested $5 donation or bring a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to the MLK Community Center (see below photos for needed items this Holiday season)


The Story of Plastic is a seething expose, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, The Story of Plastic presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. This film introduces audiences to the heroes and the villains behind one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, from the extraction of fossil fuels to plastic disposal and the global resistance fighting back.

Revealing the urgent information global audiences need to know immediately, through life-changing footage shot all over the world, The Story of Plastic will not only change viewers’ lives but will fuel a worldwide movement.

Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming, man-made crisis. Striking footage illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations and archival material from the 1950s and ‘60s augment the far-ranging insights of contemporary activists, scientists, and farmers in this timely documentary. These perspectives along with forays to sites as far-flung as China, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines, in addition to US locales, point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics. The Story of Plastic forcefully identifies a pressing global challenge first identified around 15 years ago—one that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. Images may be used by newportFILM for promotional purposes. 

6:30 PM: Film followed by Q&A with executive producer and waste & plastic pollution expert Stiv Wilson, moderated by Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access
Run time: 85 mins
Director: Deia Schlosberg
Producers: Kyle Cadotte, Seven McDonald, Megan Ponder, Deia Schlosberg, Stiv Wilson
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