18 Sep

We’re still flying! And new Midway film teaser…









Dear supporters of Midway:

Thank you from deep in our hearts for all the support and comments and well-wishes. Midway has been shouldering the blustery winds of film post-production, taking its inspiration from the albatrosses’ winged perseverance through all that man and nature send their way.

We are proud to announce that a work-in-progress version of the film screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival last week, and had several edifying showings over the course of the festival. Co-directors Jordan and Emiliani are now back to work polishing a final version of our film. Our new goal: another festival premiere in early 2014.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, please check out the new film teaser created for TIFF at www.midwayfilm.com.

It’s been a long flight, but Midway is closer than ever…and we are so grateful you are with us on this journey.

In deep appreciation,
the Midway film team

10 Jul

MIDWAY JOURNEY II – Junk Food II : Our First Dissection

Stomach contents of another dead baby albatross are revealed as Chris Jordan cuts the bird open with scissors from a dissection kit provided by US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Filmed by Victoria Sloan Jordan
Music by Christen Lien

06 Jul


Brace yourself for this short video of the horrifying contents of the stomach of a dead baby albatross on Midway Atoll.

The island will soon be covered with tens of thousands of carcasses like this, as the plastic-filled birds die from starvation, dehydration, and choking.

Video by: Jan Vozenilek

Music by: Christen Lien

03 Jun

A visit to Cortes Island

A walk on the shores of the remote and wild Canadian island of Cortes illustrates that plastic is polluting even the most remote and beautiful corners of our planet.

Midway Journey members Chris Jordan, Manuel Maqueda, Jan Vozenilek and Bill Weaver reunited in May 2010 to attend the Media that Matters conference in Hollyhock, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Music by Christen Lien

Video by Jan Vozenilek

13 Dec

Plastic Beach

In the Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who was cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity.

A beach cleanup on Midway Atoll made us feel just like Sisyphus.

There are millions of tons of plastics present in our oceans, and these are constantly fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces which are scattered throughout the water column and present, in different densities, throughout all the worlds oceans.

Contrary to what many people believe, there are no visible islands of trash anywhere –even if some areas, the gyres, accumulate higher densities of plastic pollution. In actuality, what is happening is much more complex and scary: our oceans are becoming a planetary soup laced with plastic.

To make thing worse, these tiny pieces of plastic are extremely powerful chemical accumulators for organic persistent pollutants present in ambient sea water such as DDE‘s and PCB‘s. The whole food chain, invertebrates, fish, sea turtles… are eating plastic and /or other animals who have plastic in them. This means that we are. Like the albatrosses on Midway, we carry the garbage patch inside of us.

Cleaning up this mess is not feasible, technically or economically. Even if all the boats in the world were put to the task somehow, the cleanup would not only remove the plastics but also the plankton, which is the base of the food chain, and is responsible for capturing half of the CO2 of our atmosphere and generating half of the oxygen we need to breathe.

But even if this problem was solved too somehow, the amount of plastic that we could capture, at an immense cost, would be a drop in the bucket as compared to the amount that flows into the ocean every day.

No matter how hard we push, in terms of technology or money, the boulder will be rolling back down the hill, throughout eternity, unless we stop putting more plastics into our environment.

The good news is that we can do this. We can do this now. We need to start a social movement that spreads virally and creates a critical mass of concerned citizens who pledge to move away from our disposable habits, and who raise their voice to reject and reverse a throwaway culture that might be profitable, but whose consequences are intolerable.

Video by Jan Vozenilek
Written and narrated by: Manuel Maqueda
Music by Christen Lien www.itsnotaviolin.com

Click here to see a satellite image of the exact location of this video (click on ‘view map’ and zoom all the way in.)

12 Sep

First Walk on the Beach

Midway borders a stunning coral reef. It’s north shore is graced by azure tropical waters and miles of white sand.

But amidst all this beautiful Midway magic, Manuel and Chris find that a closer look easily reveals one of the planets biggest hidden threats.

-Jan Vozenilek.

(Video narrated by Manuel Maqueda)

Español: La isla de Midway está rodeada por un impresionante arrecife de coral.  En su costa septentrional, las aguas añiles besan un kilómetro de arenas blancas.

Pero en medio de esta mágica belleza, Manuel y Chris se dan cuenta que una mirada más detallada revela una de las mayores amenazas del planeta.

Vídeo de Jan Vozenilek

Transcripción en español de la narración de Manuel Maqueda

“Hoy hemos llegado a a Midway, y lo primero que hemos hecho tras recibir nuestra charla de orientación ha sido ir a la playa. Al llegar, nos hemos quedado sobrecogidos al contemplar la belleza del lugar y los colores increíbles…. Si embargo, se nos vino el alma a los pies al comprobar que la línea que deja marea alta estaba enteramente cubierta de plástico.  Este trozo de botella ha sido mordisqueado por los peces, está lleno de dentelladas.  Los peces están comiendo plástico, y si ellos los comen, también nosotros.  Y no sólo hay objetos grandes, tambien trocitos diminutos de plástico por todas partes. Si se presta atención, uno se da cuenta que, mezclados con la arena, hay trocitos de plástico por todas partes.  Es increíble pensar que esto ocurre con cada una de las mareas que llegan a esta playa.  Un síntoma del enorme problema que tenemos con el plástico en nuestros mares.

He visto muestras de plástico de la Gran Mancha de Basura del Pacífico y llevo tiempo hablando de este problema y concienciando a la gente, pero al estar aquí, en un lugar tan remoto y tan bello y darme cuenta de lo terrible de la situación…, no ya saberlo, sino verlo con mis propios ojos…. es descorazonador.   Pero me alegro de estar aquí, porque venimos para hacer algo al respecto.”