Madison East’s Mass Media and Lake View third graders to present award-winning documentaryBag It at Barrymore Theatre on May 6th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Daniel Walkner’s mass media class at Madison East High School, along with Erica Krug’s third grade class from Lake View Elementary, have announced that they will be presenting a showing of the award winning documentary Bag It at The Barrymore Theatre (2090 Atwood Ave.) in Madison, WI on May 6th at 7:00 PM. The film will cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. The film shows one man’s struggles with his, and society’s, overwhelming reliance on plastic even though it is nearly impossible to degrade and is considered by many to be a toxic waste.
“Our class became interested in plastic after discussing the possible ban of plastic bags in Madison,” said senior Justice Harmon. “We got excited and were interested in finding solutions to the problem. The deeper we inquired, the more complicated the issue became.”
Students began working on public service announcement posters and videos, and the “Ban the Bag” meme rose to the forefront. While researching the toxicity of plastic bags, a few students discovered the Bag It documentary. “We watched the trailer of Bag It, and after we realized that this was something we could get others interested in, we wanted to get other students, parents, and the public involved,” said junior Muhammed Achker.
Erica Krug’s class became interested in the problems of plastic after reading Slyvia Earle’s Life in the Ocean: the story of Sylvia Earle. Earle, an oceanographer and aquanaut, tells of the beauties and tragedies of the ocean. Ms. Krug’s students knew that they needed to take action to help educate others about the plight of the sea. Margot, one of Ms. Krug’s students, commented “It takes 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade. Plastic bags haven't been around that long. Not even one plastic bag has degraded yet."
The film will be shown to help concerned citizens who are seeking solutions to this important issue. Are we too reliant on plastics? Do we know what kind of effect they are having on our health and well-being? And most importantly, what can we do to help? Senior Andrew Trumbower said, “Before talking about this, I knew very little about what happened to our wastes and recyclables. Now I know: when you throw things away, there is no away.”
The film will be followed by a panel discussion by students, school staff, and environmental advocates to discuss the many facets of the plastic issue and to determine possible solutions that we can enact in our own communities. All profits from the film will be used for Ms. Krug’s class to fund a book of poetry about the ocean that the students will sell to raise funds for Sylvia Earle’s charity Mission Blue. Details about Mission Blue can be found here: http://www.thesealliance.org/
Tickets are available online at barrymorelive.com, by calling the Barrymore at (608) 241-8633, or they can be purchased at the box office on the night of the show after 6:00 PM.
More details about the film can be found here: http://www.bagitmovie.com/