Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.
It's estimated that each day in the U.S., humans use over 500,000,000 straws. Ocean Conservancy’s 2014 list ranked plastic straws as the number five most popular found item behind bottle caps, wrappers, and cigarette butts on beaches. Plastic straws aren't recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the tons of plastic debris in oceans.
With colorful straw history animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (30 minutes) aims to entertain and inspire action by showing how individuals, groups and business owners around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through awareness, outreach, policy and non-plastic alternatives.
Director Linda Booker interviews Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, restaurant owners with "Straws by Request Only" policies, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols - renown marine biologist and author, researcher Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Drifters Project artist Pam Longobardi. In Costa Rica, STRAWS filmed turtle researchers Nathan Robinson of the Leatherback Trust and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed a sea turtle with a straw in it's nose. That story inspired 11-year old Max Machum to start his own no straws challenge for Costa Rican businesses. Max and other kids around the world are now leading the charge to create a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.
For screening inquiries, please contact strawsfilm(at)gmail.com
Linda Booker, Producer/Director/EDITOR
Linda Booker's experience playing in brooks and streams as a child instilled a love and respect for nature that now drives the mission of her company By the Brook Productions, LLC: To create film and media that enlightens and entertains as well as inspire solutions and possibilities for a healthier planet. Linda produced and directed the feature documentary film BRINGING IT HOME (Jury Award 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Environmental Festival, Best Environmental Film 2014 Sedona International Film Festival) that has reached audiences worldwide through film festivals, educational and community screenings and online. By the Brook Production's recent work in North Carolina includes videos for Clean Jordan Lake and the City of Durham on the topics of litter and watershed/lake pollution. Linda completed the Certificate in Documentary Film Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005.
Blaire Johnson, Director of Photography
Blaire Johnson is a Producer, Director, Cinematographer & Editor based out of Carolina Beach, NC. Her films include BRINGING IT HOME, where she was Co-Director and Cinematographer for the award-winning documentary on industrial hemp, healthy houses and a greener future for America, and MARY'S GONE WILD, a short film she filmed, edited and produced about NC Visionary Folk Artist Mary Paulsen, which screened at the Full Frame and Cucalorus Film Festival. In 2015, she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her Cinematography on the Emmy & Peabody Award Winning PBS documentary food series “A Chef’s Life”. She graduated from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies in 2004 and launched Green Hope Productions in 2009.
Steve Shor, Associate Producer
Steve Shor has worked in a variety of positions in Hollywood including Columbia Pictures Features and TriStar Pictures Business Affairs Administration, he is currently an independent producer with a variety of projects in development. Known for quality material and as an established production consultant, he has established solid relationships throughout the industry and at international film festivals. Steve’s main focus is on strong material with an emphasis towards socially responsible projects. On the Environmental front, Steve was a founding board member of ECO (the Earth Communications Office), was on the board of Friends of the River and an advisory board member of the American Oceans Campaign (which merged into Oceana) and also on an advisory panel for Heal the Bay. Steve also developed a $100,000 grant for Sony Pictures to go to the TreePeople. The City of San Francisco honored Steve for developing an environmental event that benefited Earthjustice.
Our Immense gratitude to everyone who backed our Kickstarter Campaign!
We raised our production funding goal on Kickstarter July 20th, 2016!
The STRAWS film project must still rely on contributions from those who believe in the power of film to educate and enlighten viewers for action and positive change. If you'd like to make a contribution to the STRAWS film post-production funds and audience engagement campaign, please contact strawsfilm(at)gmail.com. Thank you!
PRODUCER Level Supportors / PRODUCER: Andrea Arria-Devoe; ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Michael Maguire, Fred and LaTeace Cuellar Four Triad Productions, Leon L Rhyne, Phil Booker, OraWellness.com, David Rhodes
Tote-ally Awesome Smoothie Operator & Straw Daddy Supporters: $500: Fred Royal / $250: Kevin w McNeely, Elizabeth Morgan, Nancy Earl, Susan Johnson, Dennis Rodewyk / $150: Rukhsana, jane driscoll, Muriel Williman, Carolyn Targosz, Colleen Regan, Cynthia D. Davis
You Deserve Some Credit $100: Barbara Roettger, Max Machum, Fauna Tomlinson, Lynn Weller, Molly Matlock, Jim Ries, Jennifer Hwei-Chung The Jen-Segelke Family, Archibald Heptinstall, Carol Kennedy, Virginia Krieger, NeuWorld Plastics, Rini Saha, The Rini Family, Karen Fuller, Josh Woll, Gwen Agler
Straws Sustainers $50: l Beaudreau, Sandy Simpson, Janette Lynch, Amy Wheeler, Tim Roberts, Paul Finkel, Matt Malloy, tracy langley, Mark Barroso, Jane Van Remoortere, Inga Kennedy, Sandra Benton, Peter Jasion
Turtle Lovers $25: Mia Duquet, Debra Leow, Blythe Miller, Angie, Gwen Jennison, Tamara, Michael Kuehnert, Rebecca Cerese, Christi Hughes, Breadfoot, Nancy Metcalf, Dionne Ybarra, Jeaneane Williams , Deborah Albert, Ariel Rogers, Emily O'Barr, Kari Cassellius, Heide J. Paddock Fraley, LaVonne Whelchel, Matthew, Jennifer White, Lisa Rider, Laura Smith, Laura Bowly, Steve D., Vicki Dabrowka