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Straws

Director Linda Booker
Linda Booker
Director / Producer / Editor / Writer

Linda Booker is a water-loving traveler whose childhood play instilled a respect for nature that drives her to make films that entertain and inspire possibilities for a healthier planet. Linda produced and directed the feature documentary films LOVE LIVED ON DEATH ROW and BRINGING IT HOME (Jury Award 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Environmental Festival, Best Environmental Film 2014 Sedona International Film Festival) that has reached audiences worldwide. Her company By the Brook Productions has produced videos for Clean Jordan Lake and City of Durham on the topics of litter and water pollution. She completed the Certificate in Documentary Film Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005.

Jackie Nuñez
Jackie Nunez
Founder / Traveler / World Citizen

Jackie has spent most of her life surrounded by water. Her passion for ocean sports, the environment, and community service inspired her to create The Last Plastic Straw. When not traveling the globe she makes her home in Santa Cruz, California. In addition to The Last Plastic Straw, Jackie spends her time biking, gardening, kayak guiding, sailing, hiking, camping, playing and visiting friends and family whenever possible.

About the Film Project: Straws

It's estimated every day 500,000,000+ plastic straws are used once and tossed in the U.S. alone. Ocean Conservancy ranks straws as the #5 most found litter item on beaches. They're non-recyclable, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

Director Linda Booker interviews Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw, restaurant owners with “Straws by Request Only” policies, renown marine biologist and author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, researcher Dr. Jenna Jambeck and Drifters Project artist Pam Longobardi. In Costa Rica we meet Turtle researchers Nathan Robinson and Christine Figgener, PhD student, Texas A&M University, who rescued and filmed the removal of a plastic straw in a sea turtle's nose that went viral in 2015. That story inspired middle school age student Max Machum to start #NoStrawChallenge #SinPajillaPorFavor and join a movement around the world that's making a sea of change, one plastic straw at a time.

Information on Linda Booker provided by The Straws Film website Information on Jackie Nuñez provided by The Last Plastic Straw website