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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        • 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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          • 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 - A Glimpse of the Tragedy

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              Until now, we have not shown the carcasses of the albatross chicks that Chris Jordan has been photographing, stuffed with plastic beyond belief. So much plastic, and in such bizarre combinations of objects and colors, that we recently posted a video in which Chris explains his photography ethic: no plastic is added to any photo, and the plastic is never rearranged. It will be more than a month before Chris' photos are processed and released. This morning Chris decided to offer a glimpse of what these carcasses look like. www.MidwayFilm.com

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              • MIDWAY - Midway through the lens of Kittipong Janthasang

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                A large percentage of the permanent residents of Midway are Thai workers, hired by a company called Chugach which provides many services to the island, from maintenance, to food and lodging. Kittipong Janthasang is a Bangkok native who has lived on Midway for three years. We can find him pulling invasive weeds from the fields and also bartending at the island's only pub during its brief hours of operation. Kittipong's passion, however, is wildlife photography. On his spare time, he goes out with his camera and patiently and delicately captures intimate portraits of the natural beauty of Midway. Amazing photos that, until now, were confined to his laptop, and shared only with his friends on the island. It has been an honor for us at Midway Journey to discover the excellent body of photographic work by Kittipong, and to have the opportunity to post a selection of his images online for the first time, in the form of this slide show. Kittipong's photographic work conveys a contagious, heartfelt reverence for nature, and offers the viewer a rare and invaluable look into the immense natural wealth of Midway. Those interested in Kittipong's photography can contact him at kittipong-p at hotmail dot com Music by: Christen Lien www.itsnotaviolin.com www.MidwayFilm.com

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                • MIDWAY - Trash-a-Thon

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                  Chris and Manuel take a break from filming and find comic relief as they rummage through a pile of plastic garbage collected on the beaches of Midway Island. Camera and editing: Jan Vozenilek www.MidwayFilm.com

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                  • MIDWAY - First Albatross

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                    On his first morning on Midway, Chris begins searching for the remains of albatrosses that have died from ingesting plastic. It didn't take long to find his first photographic subjects. www.MidwayFilm.com

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                    • MIDWAY - Walk on the Beach

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                      Midway borders a stunning coral reef. It's north shore is graced by azure tropical waters and miles of white sand. But amidst all this beautiful Midway magic, Manuel and Chris find that a closer look easily reveals one of the planets biggest hidden threats. www.MidwayFilm.com

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