Director Suzan Beraza's eyeopening look at the environmental and health dangers posed by the global use of disposable, non-biodegradable plastic products follows “Everyman” Jeb Berrier on his global tour of our plastic world. Bag It will also be shown in the Whole Food Market “Do Something Reel” Film Festival, taking place in 70 cities across the U.S. on Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
Bag It is on sale at Whole Food stores nationwide.
Produced by Reel Thing Productions in association with the Telluride Institute, Bag It takes a look at the impacts of plastics on society, ranging from our current throwaway mentality to our culture of convenience to our over-consumption of disposable products and packaging – products we use once and then throw them away.
Bag It raises – and answers – this question: Where is away? The answer to that question, viewers learn, is everywhere, from overflowing landfills to clogged rivers, oceanic islands of trash and even our very own bodies. Berrier discovers, on his quest, that the average American uses anywhere from 330 to 500 plastic bags every year, for an average of 12 minutes before discarding, adding up to somewhere between 100-150 billion plastic bags used in 2010 in the US alone.
When Berrier discovers that he and his partner are expecting a child, his plastic odyssey becomes personal: How can they protect their baby from the health dangers associated with plastics? Viewers learn that virtually everything in modern society – from baby bottles to sports equipment to dental sealants to personal care products – is either made with plastic or contains potentially harmful chemical additives used in the plastic-making process.
Featuring interviews with scientists and experts from around the world, this first-person documentary asks how we can incorporate healthy, more environmentally friendly practices into our lives, our cultures and our communities.
“I didn’t expect a movie about plastic bags to change my life in such a deep and profound way, said Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, the Academy Award-winning documentary about the poisoning of our oceans.
To see the 56-minute version of Bag It airing nationally on public television stations starting April 17, viewers should check local PBS stations for showtimes. Broadcast dates and times will also be posted on the screenings calendar of the Bag It website, bagitmovie.com/screenings.html.
To learn more about the film, please visit http://www.bagitmovie.com. Learn more at http://dosomethingreel.com. Public Screening Events During Earth Week: For Earth Week 2011, Bag It, in partnership with the Plastic Pollution Coalition [http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org], is campaigning for individuals, community groups, institutions and educators to get involved by hosting community screening events featuring the film. Bag It aims to serve as a catalyst for communities to dramatically reduce their reliance on the plastic bag. Earth Day and Earth Week are designated global events that foster appreciation of the earth's environment and awareness of the issues that threaten it with the purpose of spreading knowledge about how to repair and conserve the environment. For additional details on hosting a Bag It screening during Earth Week, please see: http://www.bagitmovie.com/screenings.html, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and/or call 347-682-2483.