Ocean Night: ‘Trashed’ and ‘Polyester’ this Thursday at ATL

Ocean Conservancy, Humboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper present Ocean Night, featuring Trashed and Polyester on Thursday, April 4, at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, 1036 G St., Arcata.

Doors opens at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 7 p.m., cost is $3 donation, free for Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider and Baykeeper members.

If you think waste is someone else’s problem, think again. Humboldt Waste Management Authority and Zero-Waste Humboldt co-sponsor this week’s screening.

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Trashed is a 2012 documentary produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady selected to receive a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Narrator Jeremy Irons stands on a beach beside the ancient Lebanese city of Sidon. Above him towers a mountain of rubbish-a pullulating eyesore of medical waste, household trash, toxic fluids and dead animals-the result of thirty years of consumption by just one small city out of how many in the world? As the day’s new consignments are tipped on top, debris tumbles off the side and into the blue of the Mediterranean. Surrounded by a vast reach of plastic bottles, a forlorn Jeremy Irons stares at the horizon. “Appalling,” he mutters. Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Brady’s narrative is vividly propelled by an original score created by Academy Award winning composer Vangelis.

Polyester is when true visual expression meets the artistry of surfing. The film features the surfing life of California’s Al Knost.Polyester is independent filmmaker Jack Coleman’s first feature length surf film, running time is 35 minutes. The film is a completely independent production, with no branding. Shot, edited, and produced entirely by Jack Coleman. A surf film captured all ‘in camera’ with no digital imagery or after effects. Polyester took one-year to complete. Featured locations in project were Mainland Mexico, Central Baja, and a lot of the famous Southern California surf spots that Alex frequently visits.  

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