A film by Chris Jordan.

Midway Island is 2,000 miles from the nearest continent. It is home to the beautiful Laysan albatross. It is also home to astonishing quantities of plastic trash that has journeyed across the ocean. In this trailer for the forthcoming film, "Midway," Chris Jordan records the epidemic of albtross death caused by ingestion of human waste. He asks, "Do we have the courage to face the realities of our time and allow ourselves to feel deeply enough that it transforms us and our future?"


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  • Jim Baker

    Inspiration not. The saddening and maddening of the caviler way society treats this planet and life upon it. We don't think about the havoc our actions creates. We are not very well informed about how what we do affects the earth and everything on it. I don't know if it's a lack of resources or interest on our part but we continue to act as if we don't give a damn. It will catch up with us and we will be caught with our "pants down" wondering what happened. In short the question is; do we care?

  • Letitia

    The deep grief. Reminding me of the first time I became aware of this, when I saw an interview with Captain Charles Moore of Algalita Marine Research. He had just returned from sailing into the Pacific to study plastic damage to marine life. He had an expression of grief that never left his face. The film is reverent, and the beauty is almost unbearable.

  • Maria Elliott

    Everything about it -- the tenderness of the love and trust of these exquisite creatures, their sweet innocence suffering. The images tell the story. The music is perfect, and the narration is brief and perfect. Thank you, Chris Jordan.

  • Deepak

    Thank you . The film is an eye opener what we humans are doing to destroy the all living beings the Universe has created . A wonderful message to be shared with everyone .

  • Krushna chaitanya

    I feel this film is to be shown to all the children all over the world. We adults have lost that sensitivity to stop plastic use and polluting the oceans with it. I really think that MAN in general has decided to poison this beautiful Earth so badly that next generation would die Prematurely . My hearty congrats to Chris for making this video so effective. PLEASE SPREAD THE MESSAGE.

  • Dilip Patel

    I was walking on the famous Juhu beach in Mumbai two weeks ago with Vipul, my cousin and we saw thousands of enthusiastic Mumbai citizens swimming, running around, playing cricket, flying helium filled balloon dolls in the sky, making sand houses on the shore, feeling cozy with each other, eating variety of food stuff, and, in general, enjoying, making their evening a memorable one. But we also saw, and took pictures of millions of plastic stuff floating in the sea, obviously released by the merry makers of that evening, and every evenings. A thought occurs to me after seeing this film that such films must be shown on the sea shores across the world where millions gather every day to make merry. Perhaps we can reduce the plastic stuff reaching such innocent birds over period.

  • Shirley Marsh

    We and the eco system are irrevocably connected. Kill the system, kill ourselves. Scientific fact.

  • Bernadette

    Sometimes we need a little push.....I am going to try very hard to not buy plastic.....this film is so beautiful....you don't want to look but you have too....

  • Kathryn

    Beautiful message... Sadly, after the birds, we will be next. The web of life is broken and we must change our ways... NOW. Thank you for the beautiful, yet saddening film.

  • maryanika

    Hard to watch our feathered friends submit to such a hardship.

  • Catherine

    The gentle gestures while facing truly tragic truths and the question about whether or not we have the courage to feel this truth. Thank you. I'm a high school teacher and will surely pass this film onto my students.

  • d s ranga rao

    We must redeem the situation urgently before the 'Midway' becomes 'no-way' for us.

  • Deborah Maher

    See amazing artist, Angela Haseltine Pozzi is doing on the Oregon coast. Washed Ashore is an educational arts program where volunteers construct giant sea creatures from plastic marine waste that is washed ashore. She is working with tons of volunteers to help heal the oceans through art education. Come to Bandon Oregon to help build art, raise awareness and help people see where all the plastic goes. Check outwww.washedashore.org

  • Tamilyn

    soooo sad and disturbing to see what our carelessness does !!! this movie should be shown in every school in every major city.. repeatly

  • Editha Parra

    I'm really heart broken how humans could be so careless. I wish humans would care more about preserving earth and nature.

  • Miki Hansen

    Very, very powerful message to all of us. Thank you for using your skills to produce such a profound message. It truly is up to us.

  • Jacqueline Butler

    We're supposed to be the caretakers of this planet but are so absorbed in our day to day routines, carelessly and thoughtlessly purchasing, using, and tossing plastic objects that end up at Midway and beyond. This film is a strong reminder of what we're doing and the toll it's taking.

  • steve zimmett

    I had to see this video on You tube. I known about this problem for years but what is one to do about it. This is what is in you tube:The MIDWAY film project 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. We frame our story in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world's most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of tens of millions of people around the world. Production of the feature film "MIDWAY" continues through 2013. Please go to midwayfilm.com for more information. For more information: MidwayFilm.com To donate: midwayfilm.com/donate.html Midway Project blog, team details, production diary videos: MidwayJourney.com Facebook - behind the scenes photos, latest updates Facebook.com/MidwayJourney Twitter: twitter.com/#!/midwayjourney Youtube: youtube.com/journeytomidway Category Nonprofits & Activism License Standard YouTube License

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  • The full-length, elegiac film will be released in late-2013. Learn more about it and support the filmmaker.
  • When Beth Terry became aware of the vast tragedy of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, she changed her life. See what it means to live "plastic free."
  • Littering is always wrong, which is why you don't do it.  You probably also conscientiously sort your trash and recycle. Now, take the next step: mindfully reduce your consumption of plastic packaging.

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