RTPI Presents Albatross Film & Plastic Pollution Forum April 23

Albatross Mandala Midway Island 2010 - Photo Credit Chris Jordan

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute

RTPI will host a special event featuring the film Albatross, along with a plastic pollution discussion on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00pm. Bird and nature-lovers alike are invited to learn about one of the largest flying seabirds in our oceans during the screening of Albatross, by artist Chris Jordan. In creating the film, Jordan documented beautiful images of these majestic birds and their habitats. Albatross also elucidates these birds’ remarkable way of life and the negative impact that human activities are having on these magnificent birds.

Prior to the film screening, Kara Bemis will give a talk on the topic of plastic pollution. Her presentation is sponsored by 5 Gyres, a national non-profit organization focused on the issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Kara will share current data on this ubiquitous modern-day pollutant – including information specific to the Jamestown area – and will conclude by suggesting simple changes that each of us can make every day to reduce plastic pollution. More information about Kara Bemis can be found on her website at www.karabemisyoga.com. This event will take place during Earth Week, a time to celebrate nature and to recommit to making healthier choices for ourselves and for the planet.

Film Synopsis: ALBATROSS 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. Returning to the island over several years, our team witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition 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, ALBATROSS takes 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 millions of people around the world.

For more information about the film visit www.albatrossthefilm.com. More information about other events at RTPI can be found at www.rtpi.org or by calling 716-665-2473. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street in Jamestown.