Arlington, VA – Screening Reactions
|January 20, 2019||Filled under News|
Arlingtonians got their first local opportunity to watch the film StyrofoamMom on January 17, where the journey started, in Arlington VA at the monthly Freedom Is Not Free Meeting (FINF). FINF is a local nonpartisan action group.
Miriam Gennari both producer and the subject of the film developed her artistic and cinematic experience through Arlington Independent Media, but for those who watched the film they put her on the highest level of success for a environmental film.
“This is a very informative film, which puts forth its arguments gracefully. You have avoided stridency, a common error, and acknowledge the difficulty of finding a workable solution. It is nicely paced, and concludes on a hopeful note, providing us with a path forward. One of the best environmental films I’ve seen, and I have seen others. * FIVE STARS * “
Bruce Wiljanen – Maywood
“Very informative and does a good job of putting the issues related to Styrofoam into context with broader environmental challenges related to plastic pollution and recycling. Four stars — below Plastic Paradise and Inconvenient Truth (although much better than Gore’s follow on film) and better that The Clean Bin Project.”
Joan McIntyre – Board Chair Eco Action Arlington
Featuring Alexandra Dysard of Mom’s Organic Market, Michael Levy with the American Chemistry Council, Melissa Gate Northeast Regional Manager for the
Opening comments at the screening were made by Jim Schulman with the Alliance for Regional Cooperation who is a long time friend and mentor of “StyrofoamMom.” Schulman shared details on his newly founded nonprofit – Alliance for a Regional Economy – focused on building the strength of local businesses throughout our region. With a lifetime of knowledge that is still growing on creating sustainable approaches to waste management, he had this to say, “How impressive it is that the trailer has become a full movie.” He also thanked Miriam for admitting publicly her personal complicity regarding banning without planning.
Ms. McInyre Chair of Eco-Action Arlington summarized the film:
“The film dealt with a number of issues related to environmental impacts, recycling, and waste management that go beyond just Styrofoam that resonated with me.
- Production and consumption of Styrofoam and plastics in general needs to be sharply curtailed to manage this problem
- Recycling has a role but it has to be local/regional and cannot be outsourced. The goal should be for a circular economy where everything produced, particularly single-use items and
packaging,is reused. The shorter the lifespan the more local the recycling should be.
- Governments have to step forward to address the problems not just with bans but also requiring companies to take responsibility for their trash and building the infrastructure to support effective recycling, including for effective composting of compostable alternatives.”
While we are still waiting to hear from the Environmental Film Festival, Ms. Gennari and her husband are preparing for a trip to LA during the Oscars in the hope of getting some attention for the film. Mr. Gennari is just hoping she will not try to sport her Styrofoam® suit on the red carpet.