Month: April 2017
… for a good cause!
Sat 22nd April marked World Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events take place in more than 193 countries and are held to demonstrate support for and educate others about environmental protection.
Pop Up Docs were fortunate to be able to screen the recently released film A PLASTIC OCEAN which highlights the plight of marine animals living among the estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic rubbish generated by humans. Our team created a trail of plastic waste from Bath Spa station to the secret venue.
The film itself was a shocking watch. And if that didn’t get us riled up enough the film was introduced by DOP Mike Pitts who revealed how horrifying it was to have to watch many of these tragedies unfold before his eyes. Pitts believed the film should have been made several years ago – and indeed it feels like a tragedy that has been unfolding for some time.
Mike and the PLASTIC OCEAN team traveled the world to bring us this incredible story. But in fact it’s as much a local story as it is an international one.
Filmmaker Dan Wiseman of Wiseman Productions was inspired by the actions of the Ado Shorland in Bude, North Cornwall. He started a collective when he realised that instead of collecting driftwood, maybe he should be collecting all the plastic being washed up on the beaches and so began Widemouth Bay Task Force..
Dan’s short film LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE documents the team, who spend their down time tackling the deluge of waste washed up on North Cornish beaches – come rain, shine or gale force winds! But the clean up has had more of an impact on the community than they imagined – inspiring and facilitating artwork, decorating the homes of locals and even helping to rehabilitate a woman with a debilitating condition…
Watch Dan’s inspiring film here
POP UP DOCS are celebrating the launch of REFILL BATH with a screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN on International Earth Day.
REFILL is a practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle easy. Wherever you see their water-drop logo, you’ve found a free refill station where you are welcome to pop in and refill your water bottle. With you, and the help of friendlycafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses we can help reduce single-use plastic waste with this really simple action.
“A small group of people is all it takes to change the world; simple changes make waves”
Natalie Fee, founder of City To Sea
Download the FREE Refill rewards app to see where you can Refill on the go, or add new places to Refill yourself! Simply search ‘Refill’ in the App store.
Why carry a bottle with you? Single-use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources to make and transport, and create mountains of waste once we’ve gulped down the contents. And recycling’s not the answer either, here in the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a MINUTE are either ending up in landfill or as litter, which will too often make its way into our waterways and out to sea.*
Find out more about City To Sea, their Refill initiative, their team and what inspires and drives them at www.citytosea.org.uk.
A PLASTIC OCEAN has been winning awards at festivals all over the world since it’s release in December 2016. This documentary follows a team of adventurers and researchers around the globe, uncovering the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the ocean, and the impact of plastic pollution on marine life and human health.
In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre these researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.**
“There is no away – because plastic is so permanent and so indestructible. When you cast it into the ocean, there is no away”
Sir David Attenborough
“As always David Attenborough hit the nail on the head. This is without a doubt one of the most important films of our time and everyone needs to see it.”
Bristol 24/7, January 24, 2107
Meet POP UP DOCS at 7pm outside Bath Spa train station on Saturday 22 April for a 5min walk to the secret venue, where guest speaker Michael Pitts, the film’s Director of Photography & Underwater Cameraman is joining us to talk about the film, and the reason it came about.
POP UP DOCS presents: A PLASTIC OCEAN
Dir. Craig Leeson | 2016 | 102min
Saturday 22nd April – International Earth Day
Doors 7pm | Speaker 7.30pm | Film 8pm
Book your tickets from our home page www.popupdocs.com
£4 statutory benefit & single parent
£3 child (1 free child ticket with every adult)
£0 refugees & carers
Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult
* Source: https://refill.org.uk/about
** Source: www.plasticoceans.org/about-film