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Jon Ornoy at the PR Film Festival

February 15, 2010

Pebble in the Pond presents “Plastic Bottles”, a short film that acts as a preview for by Jon Ornoy’s up-coming feature documentary “PLASTIC WRAPPED”.  Come meet the director and see the short film at the Powell River Film Festival (showing with HomeGrown)

When: Saturday, February 20, at 10 am

Where: Powell River Recreation Complex’s Evergreen Theatre (5001 Joyce Ave, Powell River BC)

How much: $8 or $6 for students

PIP will have a Speaker’s Corner video booth on hand and a table set up so you may purchase your 2010 PIP membership (see: http://www.pebpond.com/memberships.html for details and to join online using PayPal).

Below is some information about Plastic Wrapped from Jon Ornoy’s website.


PLASTIC WRAPPED” is Jon Ornoy’s up-coming feature documentary film

In the Fifties the word “plastic” conjured up images of modernity, convenience and prosperity — today ideas like cheap, polluting and excessive would likely replace that list. In the century since its introduction, plastic has shaped every facet of our lives and helped create a planet of voracious shoppers who continue to willfully turn a blind eye to the devastating global impact of consumer capitalism.

Plastic Wrapped examines the roots of this culture through a variety of voices including activists and authors such as Annie Leonard and Douglas Rushkoff, and acclaimed photographer Chris Jordan, who has devoted his art to making visible this alarming legacy we are leaving our children. By exposing a system created by a select group of people to satisfy their own short term gain, the film encourages viewers to examine the hidden underbelly of a lifestyle that benefits a few at the cost of many.

Cinematic in approach, Plastic Wrapped strives to engage a broad demographic of adults, including the Baby Boomers who lived through the transition, but focusing on the young adults of Generations X & Y who have never known a different world and will be saddled with much of the responsibility to fix it. Far from simply being an assortment of talking heads, the film is a dynamic collection of challenging ideas, dynamic visuals and insights into another way of viewing moden life. It will feature, amongst other things, elements like rotoscope animation of selected clips from each interviewee, work created especially for the film by Chris Jordan, and an animated retelling of the tragic story of Easter Island. By offering viewers incentive to change with the carrot rather than the stick, Plastic Wrapped will be an accessible and engaging introduction to a conversation many people would rather ignore.

Jon Ornoy in Powell River at the PR Film Festival

Director: Jon Ornoy

The seeds of this film were planted in my head by my near simultaneous learning of the tragedy of the plastic content of our oceans and discovering the visionary work of Chris Jordan. The combination of these events pushed my aversion to disposables into overdrive and really got me interested in how the world had become plasticized so quickly and how it had happened. I’ve never been an activist before, but Jordan’s pictures really reinforced in the not insignificant role that the individual can play in the mass, and the importance of each voice. As a member of the generation which is the target demographic for the film, I feel that we will bear a great amount of responsibility in determining the future of life on our planet. In order to make the right decisions some context is necessary, and I hope that the historical elements of this film can help provide that, while also motivating people to examine the choices they make on a daily basis.

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