1. MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan

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    MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding. Our feature film MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014. For more information: www.MidwayFilm.com To donate: http://www.midwayfilm.com/donate.html Midway Project blog, team details, production diary videos: www.MidwayJourney.com Facebook - behind the scenes photos, latest updates www.Facebook.com/MidwayJourney Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/midwayjourney Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/journeytomidway our feature length Midway film team: Directors: Chris Jordan and Sabine Emiliani Producer: Stephanie Levy Executive Producers: Dan Cogan Geralyn Dreyfous Lekha Singh Co-executive Producers: Sarah Johnson Jenny Raskin Cinematographers: Jim Hurst Chris W. Johnson Chris Jordan Joseph Schweers Jan Vozenilek Original Score: Erik Aadahl Midway feature film editor: Sabine Emiliani Sound Designers: Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn Associate Producers: Victoria Jordan Manuel Maqueda Jan Vozenilek Production Sound Recordist: Jim Hurst

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    • MIDWAY - Plastic Beach

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      In the Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who was cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. A beach cleanup on Midway Atoll made us feel just like Sisyphus. There are millions of tons of plastics present in our oceans, and these are constantly fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces which are scattered throughout the water column and present, in different densities, throughout all the worlds oceans. Contrary to what many people believe, there are no visible islands of trash anywhere --even if some areas, the gyres, accumulate higher densities of plastic pollution. In actuality, what is happening is much more complex and scary: our oceans are becoming a planetary soup laced with plastic. To make thing worse, these tiny pieces of plastic are extremely powerful chemical accumulators for organic persistent pollutants present in ambient sea water such as DDE's and PCB's. The whole food chain, from filtering invertebrates to marine mammals are eating plastic and /or other animals who have plastic in them. This means that we are. Like the albatrosses on Midway, we carry the garbage patch inside of us. Cleaning up this mess is not feasible, technically or economically. Even if all the boats in the world were put to the task somehow, the cleanup would not only remove the plastics but also the plankton, which is the base of the food chain, and is responsible for capturing half of the CO2 of our atmosphere and generating half of the oxygen we need to breathe. But even if this problem was solved too somehow, the amount of plastic that we could capture, at an immense cost, would be a drop in the bucket as compared to the amount that flows into the ocean every day. No matter how hard we push, in terms of technology or money, the boulder will be rolling back down the hill, throughout eternity, unless we stop putting more plastics into our environment. The good news is that we can do this. We can do this now. We need to start a social movement that spreads virally and creates a critical mass of concerned citizens who pledge to move away from our disposable habits, and who raise their voice to reject and reverse a throwaway culture that might be profitable, but whose consequences are intolerable. Video by: Jan Vozenilek Written and narrated by: Manuel Maqueda Music by Christen Lien www.itsnotaviolin.com www.MidwayFilm.com

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      • MIDWAY - Plastic Water

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        Scientists say that plastic now outweighs plankton 6 to 1 in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The lagoon of Midway Atoll is the perfect laboratory to witness all sizes of plastic slowly breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. A variety of plastic washes up on the beaches daily, but not before some local fish make a meal of it. Video by: Jan Vozenilek Voiceover: Victoria Sloan Jordan Music by Christen Lien www.itsnotaviolin.com www.MidwayFilm.com

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        • Design, Sustainability, Change

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          A TED tribute. TEDify.org // Ideas Worth Connecting If you enjoy this, please do leave a comment on the site – it's very much appreciated.

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          • MIDWAY : trailer : A film by Chris Jordan

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            The MIDWAY media project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding. We frame our story in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-resolution digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of tens of millions of people around the world. Production of the feature film "Midway" continues through 2012. For more information: www.MidwayFilm.com Blog: www.MidwayJourney.com

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            • MIDWAY - Ghost Net

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              A day off for snorkeling turns into a mission to rescue a ghost net. www.MidwayFilm.com

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              • RAFMÖGNUÐ NÁTTÚRA

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                A light installation by UNSTABLE Rafmögnuð Náttúra is a temporary and site-specific light installation that animates the facade of Iceland’s Hallgrímskirkja Church with a large 3d video-mapping projection. Inspired by the natural elements of Iceland and working with the unique architectural features of the church, UNSTABLE transforms the static condition of this iconic landmark into a dynamic, engaging and interactive visual experience. The intention is to intervene in the city by socially activating an inactive urban public space. Direction: Marcos Zotes
 Visual Production: Marcos Zotes with Andrea Dart, Chris Jordan, Thessia Machado, Steven Tsai, Noa Younse
 Choreography and Dance Performance: Coco Karol
 Music: For a Minor Reflection
 (www.foraminorreflection.com) Project Management: Marcos Zotes, Gerður Sveinsdóttir
 Technical Direction: Chris Jordan; 
Technical Production: Luxor
 Videography: Azmi Mert Erdem; Special Effects: Raghul Sridharan
 Film: Brandenburg, Christian Praetorius
 Sponsor: Orkusalan
 Special Thanks: Höfuðborgarstofa, Hönnunarmiðstöð, Luxor, Orkusalan More info at: www.rafmognudnattura.com More info at: www.unstablespace.com

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                • MIDWAY JOURNEY - Midway Brushstrokes 2

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                  By Manuel Maqueda : MIDWAY JOURNEY ----- In the midst of the tragedy of plastic pollution on Midway, Jan Vozenilek's camera tuns, for an instant, to the triumph of life over decay. During our journey, Jan would occasionally steal away from the group, and wander alone in the island with his camera. The rest of us would wonder where he was, and what kind of footage he would be capturing. The scenes on Brushstrokes 2 speak of moments of intimacy, where the cinematographer is alone in the field, tuning into the pulse of the land, and letting its natural beauty tell an ancient story of survival and renewal. In this short video lies a reverence for nature so profound, that our eye has to concentrate on the small details, and peek shyly through blades of grass, lest the direct contemplation of the greatness of it all be overwhelming. As we watch, we feel the emergence of that peculiar sense wonder that is often thought to belong only to childhood. A sense of awe and discovery that we are taught to suppress and forget as we grow up. As time slows down, and the rays of golden light fall gently on the tortured landscape of Midway, subtle brushstrokes of natural beauty are painted over a canvas too many times torn and blotted by the blindness of man.

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                  • MIDWAY - Photography Ethics

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                    Chris Jordan explains the code of ethics and rules followed by him and his team when photographing albatross carcasses filled with plastic pollution on Midway Atoll. www.MidwayFilm.com

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                    • Hurricane Irene in NYC

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                      36 hours of Hurricane Irene in NYC, looking at midtown from Williamsburg. Music: "Cold Stars" by Dok Gregory. zgt.me

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