Straws: A Film Screening and Panel @ Durham Arts Council, Durham [22 February]

Straws: A Film Screening and Panel

18:00 - 20:30

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Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
** All of the tickets for this event have been reserved. On the evening of the screening, we will release the unclaimed seats to those waiting for standby admittance. If you are interested in attending and do not yet have a ticket, please arrive at the Durham Arts Council by 6:45 PM. **

More than 500,000,000 straws are used once and tossed every day in this country. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the #5 most found item on beaches. The vast majority of them aren't recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets, and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

Join Bull City Burger and Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Keep Durham Beautiful, Don't Waste Durham, and other environmentally conscious local businesses on Thursday, February 22 at 6 PM for a free screening of the acclaimed documentary, STRAWS. Thanks to American Party Rentals, CompostNow, and Keep Durham Beautiful this will be a WASTE FREE evening and will launch a month-long #SkipTheStrawDurm campaign for Durham.

6:00 PM — Reception and Cash Bar.
7:00 PM — «Don't Litter, Man» PSA w/ Pierce Freelon + STRAWS film
Followed by Panel Discussion and Kick-off to #SkiptheStrawDURM

The panel will include: STRAWS filmmaker, Linda Booker, Executive Director of Plastic Ocean Project, Bonnie Monteleone, Orange County Solid Waste Management Department's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Muriel Williman, and Tania Dautlick with Keep Durham Beautiful. (Please see below for more information about our panelists.)

The event is free, but space is limited! Please reserve your tickets. Donations are requested, but not required, and will benefit Keep Durham Beautiful and The Fund For Sustainable Tomorrows.

Individuals and businesses, for the month following February 22nd, please pledge to reduce and eliminate your single-use plastic straws. By refusing single-use plastic straws, you are helping eliminate plastic pollution that ends up in our ocean and waterways. Take the pledge here:

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Panelists Include:
Linda Booker, STRAWS Filmmaker
Director/Producer Linda Booker's fourth film STRAWS uses one single-use object to examine how our plastic use is harming oceans and sea animals. Her other documentary films include LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW and multiple award-winning BRINGING IT HOME that propelled the passing of industrial hemp policy in the USA. She completed the Certificate in Documentary Film Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005 and her company By the Brook Productions is based in Chatham County.

Bonnie Monteleone, Plastic Oceans Project
Bonnie Monteleone is the Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships as well as the Executive Director for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc. (501c3) organizing outreach and citizen science projects involving plastic marine debris. Monteleone also works in the Chemistry Department at UNC Wilmington as an Administrative Assistant and plastic marine debris research assistant working with undergraduate and graduate Directed Independent Studies research projects. Her latest projects are: working with a US company that is turning plastics into fuel conducting an independent study to determine if it is a viable and safe solution to plastic pollution and working with organizations and the local fishing community to work toward removing plastics from the ocean through Fishing4Plastic Tournament style activities.

Muriel Williman, Orange County Solid Waste Management Department
Muriel Williman has been a Solid Waste Management and waste diversion professional for 22 years. She has worked throughout the Triangle region educating and consulting hundreds of public and private entities and individuals on waste reduction principles including composting and reuse, and best management strategies including messaging and trash-free event planning. She is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Orange County Solid Waste Management, Green Team Leader for the Full-Frame Documentary Film Festival, and resides in Durham.

Tania Dautlick, Keep Durham Beautiful
Tania Dautlick is executive director of Keep Durham Beautiful, a nonprofit established in 2004 to reduce waste, prevent litter and provide green welcoming spaces in Durham. Tania collaborates with hundreds of community partners, local government, schools, and thousands of volunteers each year to find solutions to reduce waste and beautify the community. Waste reduction initiatives include diverting tens of thousands of pounds of waste at Durham’s Food Truck Rodeos and special events, establishing the ReUse Rodeo, holding a County-wide tire recycling drive, and removing 30 tons of litter annually through signature cleanup events. Tania has a Master’s degree in Horticulture from North Carolina State University, and has lived in North Carolina for the past 25 years, primarily in Durham. Tania previously served as executive director for the NC Wine and Grape Council and for the American Wine Society.

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