Director/Producer Linda Booker

Director/Producer Linda Booker


DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EDITOR/WRITER Linda Booker is a water-loving traveler whose childhood play instilled a respect for nature that drives her to make films that entertain and inspire possibilities for a healthier planet. Linda produced and directed the feature documentary films LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW and 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. Her company By the Brook Productions has produced videos for Clean Jordan Lake and City of Durham on the topics of litter and water pollution. She completed the Certificate in Documentary Film Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005. 



Blaire Johnson, Director of Photography is based out of Carolina Beach, NC. Blaire brings 14 years of cinematic experience to her projects and is a FAA PART 107 licensed Drone Pilot. Her films include BRINGING IT HOME, where she was Co-Director and Cinematographer 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.


Philip Powell, Animation Director is based in the Piedmont/Triad NC as principal of Leading Edge Video and has been producing and directing commercials and corporate videos for over 20 years. Philip is also an actor, a theater director a huge techno geek who specializes in creating comedy. Check out his podcast Two Moderately Entertaining Nerds (M.E.N.)


Daniel Spiller, Assistant Editor is a recent graduate of Elon University with a double major in Cinema and TV Arts and Economics. Daniel has interned or worked at a variety of management and media companies including, Smuggler, Wild Child + Bonch, The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Park Inn by Radison, and Trailblazer Studios. Daniel has used his skills as a director, editor, producer, cinematographer, storyteller, and filmmaker. 


Steve Shor, Associate Producer for STRAWS 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 and Senior Programmer for Sonoma International Film Festival. Steve was a founding board member of ECO (the Earth Communications Office); board of Friends of the River; advisory board American Oceans Campaign (which merged into Oceana) and an advisory panel for Heal the Bay. The City of San Francisco honored Steve for developing an environmental event that benefited Earthjustice.


Narrator Tim Robbins

Featuring (in order of appearance) Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Jackie Nunez, Sarah Mae Nelson, Feletia Lee, Max Machum, Kim Solano, Christine Figgener, Nathan Robinson, Pam Longobardi, Dr. Jenna Jambeck, Dr. Erik Zettler, Steve Elb

Post Production Services Philip PowellEdward Holm

Additional Camera Christine Figgener, Steve Michelson

Sound Recording Samir Arora, Fred Royal

Animators and Artists David Rawlins, Philip Powell, Keith Hobgood, Danny Oakley, Derek Cernak

Additional Photography Linda Booker, Eva Holman, Blaire Johnson, Pam Longobardi, Jackie Nunez, David Rothstein, Daniel Spiller and many STRAWS film supporters!

Location Filming Special Thanks

California Monterey Bay Aquarium, Richard Dash, The Haute Enchilada, Olitas Cantina & Grille, The Bagelry Café

Costa Rica Karalee & Don Machum, Christian Díaz Chuquisengo, The Leatherback Trust, Marianela Pastor, Serendipity Charters, RipJack Inn

Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington The Blockade Runner Resort, Expo 216, Bonnie Monteleone, Ginger Taylor, Kim Beller, Lacie Beller

“Say Goodbye to a Plastic Straw” Lyrics & Music by Ben Brown (Creative Commons)

Music and Vocals “Say Goodbye to a Plastic Straw” performed by UNIONTOWN Eddie Holm, Chris Long, Fred Royal. Recorded at Nightsound Studios, Carrboro NC

Mr. Voice and the Cloudtop Glide Along by The M Machine