ALBATROSS started as a project when filmmaker Chris Jordan and activist photographer Manuel Maqueda began studying ocean plastic pollution in 2008. They focused on Midway Island, a small island in the North Pacific Ocean, and the lives and journeys of the albatross which live there. The pair began to investigate how the plastic in the ocean impacts the albatross, and traveled to Midway Island eight times over four years to investigate the birds, the island itself, and the ocean surrounding it.
Instead of releasing the film for commercial use, Chris and his team opted to release it on Earth Day (April 22, 2018) for people to host free screenings for their friends, families, and communities. On World Oceans Day (June 8, 2018), ALBATROSS will be shown at the United Nations, and from that day on, it will be made permanently free. Chris’s goal with the film was not to simply present the facts the way a normal documentary would, but instead to evoke an emotional reaction from the audience.
On June 4th Chris will join Global Classroom for a 1-hour teacher workshop at Ingraham High School focused on the film and the emotional impact of his time creating it. The workshop will be followed by a screening of the film from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, which will be open to the public as well. Educators attending the workshop will be provided with refreshments between the workshop and the film screening. Global Classroom will also provide 4 free clock hours and educational resources.