Those of you who've read through our "Take the Plastic Challenge" Green American have undoubtedly seen several references to the documentary film Bag It inside. In fact, it was this film that coined the term "stupid plastic," which we've adopted freely here at Green America to describe the type of single-use, unnecessary plastic that we'd like to see wiped off the planet.
The film takes an in-depth look at plastic bags and other types of stupid plastic in use today--from production to distribution to disposal (which usually means "dumped in the ocean"). You'd think that would make it one of the most depressing documentaries in existence, and yet, somehow, the film manages to be empowering and even entertaining, while treating its subject matter with the seriousness it deserves. You'll laugh, you'll learn something, and you'll come away wanting to do more to get the stupid plastic out of our lives.
For the next four Sundays, you can watch Bag It online for only $4.99 at Constellation TV, a new online movie theater that allows you to interact with the entire audience via your computer.
- Watch this Sunday, Nov. 27th, at 8:30 p.m. Afterwards, world-reknowned musician Jack Johnson and his wife Kim will host a live Q&A. Proceeds from this screening will benefit the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation, cofounded by the Johnsons, which supports environmental education in Hawai'i.
- On Sunday, Dec. 4th, at 8:00 p.m., Surfrider Foundation founder and CEO Jim Moriarty will host a screening and live Q&A. Proceeds will support the Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect the world's oceans.
- On Sunday, Dec. 11th at 8:30 p.m., Rebecca Sutton of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) will host a screening and live Q&A. Proceeds will benefit EWG's programs to protect public health and the environment.
- On Sunday, Dec. 18th at 8:30 p.m., Anna Cummins and Marcus Erickson of 5 Gyres will host a screening and live Q&A. Proceeds will benefit 5 Gyres, which is dedicated to stopping the flow of plastics into the oceans.
About Constellation: Just like a traditional theater, audiences purchase tickets to attend scheduled show times of films on Constellation. Unlike other online platforms, watching movies on Constellation is a social experience. Users pick a show time to attend, invite friends, and watch movies together! Movies are presented by VIP hosts, such as the films' directors, actors, or subject experts, who appear live in the online theater to answer questions from the audience during and after the film.
If you can't make one of the Sunday online screenings, you can also purchase the film on DVD to share with your community group, school, or house of worship. Visit the Bag It website for ordering information and to download a free screening kit.