Reimagining Progress: Screening of Trashed
Also featuring the incredible short film, Plastic Bag.
UK filmmaker Candida Brady's documentary Trashed, featuring actor Jeremy Irons looks at the growing global crisis of trash, highlighting how human health and the environment are threatened by the pollution from burning and discarding waste.
The film is a global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by practices such as landfills and incinerators. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human stories and ecological disruption. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risk to our survival can be averted through sustainable pathways that provide economic solutions while protecting our air, water and food resources.
Plastic Bag - In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag goes on an epic journey in search of its lost Maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. The Bag encounters strange creatures, brief love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown. To be with its own kind, the Bag goes deep under the oceans into 500 nautical miles of spinning garbage known as the North Pacific Trash Vortex. Will our Plastic Bag be able to forget its Maker there? Written, directed and edited by Ramni Bahrani - Story by Jenni Jenkins and Ramin Bahrani - Featuring Werner Herzog.
About Deborah Munk and the Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program
Deborah Munk has served as the Director of the Artist in Residence Program (AIR) at Recology San Francisco since 2007. She also manages the Environmental Learning Center where the company provides educational tours to over 4,000 children and adults annually. Before joining Recology in 2000 as AIR Program Coordinator, she worked at Creative Arts Enterprises where she was the assistant editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersection, published by UC Press, in 2002. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology focusing on art and media. Located at 401 Tunnel Avenue, the Recology Environmental Learning Center is the starting point for public educational tours and a destination for those interested in learning more about recycling and art made by Recology artists-in-residence. More than 5,000 children and adults attend tours annually that include visits to the solid waste transfer center, the recycling facility at Pier 96, the sculpture garden, and the artists’ studio.
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space. By supporting artists who work with re-used materials, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.
About Manuel Maqueda, founder El Plástico Mata, Kumu and Plastic Pollution Coalition
Manuel Maqueda is one of the world's leading activists on plastic pollution. He is the founder of Plastic Kills and El Plástico Mata, highlighting the dangers of the irresponsible use of plastic; a cofounder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of over 150 organizations working together to stop plastic pollution; and a founding member of Midway Journey, a transmedia project and feature film documenting plastic pollution in the albatross colonies of Midway island. Manuel is also the founder of Kumu, an innovation lab for transformative activism headquartered in the David Brower Center of Berkeley, California.
The evening will also feature a special screening of Ramni Bahrani's short film, Plastic Bag
In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag goes on an epic journey in search of its lost Maker,
wondering if there is any point to life without her. The Bag encounters strange creatures, brief
love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown. To be with its own
kind, the Bag goes deep under the oceans into 500 nautical miles of spinning garbage known as
the North Pacific Trash Vortex. Will our Plastic Bag be able to forget its Maker there?
About the Reel to Real Film Series
The Brower Center further amplifies the power of art for social change through its new film program Reel to Real. Throughout the year, the Brower Center will present documentaries with critical, current insights into how we can create a more just and sustainable future. Films will address pressing issues that include climate change, social justice, conservation, and environmental education, as well as the intersections among them. Following each film, the Brower Center and its partners will provide a range of tools and resources for audiences to take real action beyond the reel.
When & Where
David Brower Center
One of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings, the nonprofit David Brower Center is an inspiring home for environmental and social action, combining both offices and program facilities in a 50,000 square-foot space.