This week, I'm sharing some of my favorite films from the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. The films are showing at locations around town February 14-23, 2020. 

Today's batch of flims highlight the problems caused by our single-use culture. They include two films that examine the harrowing impacts of chemical manufacturing on local communities, and another film that takes a whimsical look at one town's battle to reduce and reuse. 

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The Story of Plastic

THE STORY OF PLASTIC brings into focus the alarming, human-made crisis of a world overflowing with toxic material. Striking footage, original animations, and archival material all point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics, shedding new light on a challenge that threatens the life and health of animals, humans and civilization on Earth.

This film is the official opening night screening of Big Sky 2020, Saturday 2/15, Free Admission. You can view the trailer online here. 

By the River

Harry Joseph, pastor of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church, takes us on a walk through his neighborhood, where the lives of his parishioners are affected by living in the chemical corridor region of the Mississippi River, in St. James Parish, Louisiana.

There are two screenings: Elks Lodge Monday, Feb 17th @ 6:30 pm and ZACC Sunday, Feb 23rd @ 8:00 pm. Visit this Big Sky Doc page to learn more. 

Salvage

In Yellowknife, the remote capital of the Northwest Territories of Canada, the town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious manmade attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals. But the new city administration is determined to see it tamed, and the battle for Yellowknife’s identity is on.

There are two screenings: Elks Lodge Monday, Feb 17th @ 6:30 pm and ZACC Sunday, Feb 23rd @ 8:00 pm. Visit this Big Sky Documentary page to learn more.