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“The Smog of the Sea”


The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Film Series will kick off on Wednesday, January 20, with “The Smog of the Sea,” a 30-minute documentary chronicling a week-long journey to the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea in search of the legendary plastic “garbage patches.”

This year’s series is adapting to distancing and pandemic safety protocols with virtual airings and follow-up discussions via Zoom.

The film is available for viewing anytime day of, with the Zoom discussion set for 5 p.m. Pre-registration for the film and discussion are required. Those who register for the film will receive an email a day before the showing begins containing the streaming link and password along with a link to the Zoom discussion.

“The Smog of the Sea” refers to the haze of microplastics the filming crew found instead of the garbage patches they were expecting. The crew consists of a marine scientist, renowned surfers and other citizen scientists, along with musician Jack Johnson, who created the original score.

A multiple film festival selection, “The Smog of the Sea” draws attention to the deteriorating state of our once-pristine oceans and how to remedy the plague of single-use plastic.

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