Documentary filmmaker Linda Booker follows her subjects where they lead, attributing the impact of her films to the people who tell her their stories.
For her latest film “Straws”, she singles out Jackie Nunez, founder of the Last Plastic Straw, who has been at the forefront of this movement since 2011, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Drifters Project Artist Pam Longobardi, and Sarah Mae Nelson of Monterey Bay Aquarium.
“In Costa Rica we met the turtle researchers who extracted the plastic straw from the turtle’s nose [the video that] inspired kids like Max Machum in Costa Rica to start their own community campaigns. Their passion and dedication to reducing plastic use is inspiring,” Booker says.Her film motivates viewers to “get in the water” and to use their own memories and love for bodies of water—oceans, lakes, rivers, streams—to connect them more deeply to their own waterways. The things we love we also protect. Ultimately, while the film makes us more aware of the dangers of plastic, it also demonstrates how simple, concentrated actions can lead to real and lasting change.
In the end, Booker says, “Yes, there’s too much plastic where it doesn’t belong, but there is hope.”
Go See This: Local Documentary Debut of “Straws” Documentary Debut in Pittsboro
Event Host: By the Brook Productions
When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Barn at Fearrington Village, 500 Fearrington Village Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Is the event appropriate for children? Yes! “I hope STRAWS can reach audiences and especially youth who not only find it entertaining, as I have tried to make it be, but are inspired to stop using plastic straws,” says director Linda Booker.
Is the event accessible: Yes
Admission: $15 in advance ($20 at the door)*
For more info: Click here!
Event Preview: 6:30-7:00 p.m.. Meet the artists, get a beverage and some popcorn before the screening
Event Reception: Q&A with the director, Linda Booker after the screening
* Proceeds will benefit Clean Jordan Lake and support the STRAWSfilm Education & Outreach Campaign. Ticket buyers will be entered into a Drawing for 2 nights at the Harbor Inn on the water in Wrightsville Beach (winter dates or after Labor Day 2017). Prizes also include STRAW swag packages and some surprises. Cash Bar and everyone will go home with sustainable straws.