‘Straws’ Documentary, Taking Aim at Plastic Pollution, to be Screened in Wilton
STRAWS is an award winning documentary that illuminates the problems related with straws and other single use plastic pollution that inundate the planet’s waterways and oceans. The film aims to inspire a new path forward. Wilton Go Green and Wilton Library have teamed up to bring two screenings of STRAWS, one on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at 7 p.m., and a second, family-friendly screening on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 2 p.m..
“I hope to get people thinking about how small habits can add up to huge impact. Removing plastic straws is a tangible, simple change people and businesses can do that truly makes a difference,” says filmmaker, Linda Booker.
“We are so pleased to screen this film,” says Dana Gips, president of Wilton Go Green.“Bringing our community together to watch STRAWS will undoubtedly inspire people to change their personal use of straws and other single use plastics, while also encouraging dialogue with businesses and community leaders.”
With colorful straw history animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS (33 minutes) is funny and entertaining. The filmmakers say the documentary leaves audiences with a clear understanding of the problems caused by plastic pollution, and illustrates how individuals, groups, business owners and leaders around the globe are reducing plastic straw use. STRAWS aims to empower individuals to be part of the solution.
STRAWS won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental Film at Cayman International Film Festival, and was called “an inspiring story of how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time,” by the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival.
A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follows each screening with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Nina Quaratella of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and Bridget Cervero and David Hudson of the Maritime Aquarium. A separate kid’s program is offered for students in grades 2-6 on Saturday during the panel discussion.