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Refuge’s film series kicks off with microplastics that ‘smog’ seas

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Jan 13, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Crew members of “The Smog of the Sea” found that microplastics outweigh the scourge of plastic garbage patches in the seas.

The ninth annual “Ding” Darling Film Series will kick off on Jan. 20 with “The Smog of the Sea,” a 30-minute documentary chronicling a week-long journey to the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea in search of the legendary plastic “garbage patches.” This year’s series is adapting to distancing and pandemic safety protocols with virtual airings and follow-up discussions via Zoom.

The film is available for viewing anytime day of, with the Zoom discussion set for 5 p.m. Pre-registration for the film and discussion are required; visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series for links. Those who register for the film will receive an email a day before the showing begins containing the streaming link and password along with a link to the Zoom discussion.

“The Smog of the Sea” refers to the haze of microplastics the filming crew found instead of the garbage patches they were expecting. The crew consists of a marine scientist, renowned surfers and other citizen scientists, along with musician Jack Johnson, who created the original score. A multiple film festival selection, “The Smog of the Sea” draws attention to the deteriorating state of our once-pristine oceans and how to remedy the plague of single-use plastic.

Bailey’s General Store wine steward Calli Johnson has recommended a wine pairing of Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy with the post discussion. She recommended calling ahead to order and make sure the wine is in stock.

“The vineyard for this wine is in Santa Barbara, just 20 miles from the ocean,” Johnson said. “A sip of Sea Glass lends to the exploratory nature and adventure of this film.”

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings with sponsorship from Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. The season’s full schedule is as follows:

– Feb. 17: “Bird of Prey”

– March 8: “A Sense of Wonder”

– April 12: “Just Eat It”

Discussions that will follow each film allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For more information, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.