Plastics Logo of the 2011 Downtown Boca Raton Film Festival

What is Plastics about?

A young girl departs in the morning with specific instructions from her mother NOT to cut through the woods on her way home from school. She gamely takes on her usual route home through the city streets, passing many signs of bad economic times. One male panhandler she sees actually looks like her father! And she keeps crossing paths with a woman in a wheelchair who is missing a leg. And why does she keep seeing smiley-face plastic bags hanging around?

The woods begin to look very inviting. When the time comes will she cut through the woods and disobey her mother? What will happen to her if she does? What will it mean?

What's that about The Graduate and that one word "plastics"?

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman's character Ben graduates from Harvard with high grades and great promise for future success. The America depicted in The Graduate had yet to experience the Kent State shootings, the end of the Vietnam War with the overrun of Saigon by the North, the two oil crisis of the 1970s, Watergate, and double-digit inflation. Right at the start of the film during Ben's graduation party, a male friend of the family takes him aside and tells a perplexed Ben that the plastics industry holds great promise for the future. Watch the clip from The Graduate on YouTube. Don't forget that the America of today has experienced Enron, stock market volatility, a mortgage loan crisis, a savings and loan crisis, and much more.

In a walk home from school, the short film Plastics shows a young girl discovering that the plastic industry's promise to Ben and his generation did not pan out over the last four decades. She sees evidence of plastic products in litter and in the economic crisis around her. Remember plastic products are made from oil so they have a double impact on the environment.

Want to know more about the plastic bag problem?

To read about plastic litter in the UK click here.

Did you know this about plastic litter?

It has been almost ten years since Plastics was filmed. The plastic litter problem is growing. For more information click here.

.....a short film that harkens back to a scene from The Graduate

Would you like to see the short film Plastics?

To see Plastics on Vimeo, click here.

Here are some links to more information on plastic bags and litter:

Plastics was accepted into the 2011 DBFF (Downtown Boca Film Festival) in the GREEN Environmental Friendly category. The 6th annual festival took place from April 9 to April 17, 2011 in Delray Beach Florida.

[Photos courtesy of Colleen (Connelly) Gauthier and Scott Radzicki]