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On Friday, June 1, the Bird Nerds Club of OSU and the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation will host a screening of the movie ALBATROSS. This is a special pre-release screening of a movie by Chris Jordan about the plight of sea birds in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Following the movie will be Q&A and discussion with a panel of experts. The screening will be at Hatfield Auditorium from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5:45.

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The making of the movie began in 2008, as a collaboration between director/writer/editor Chris Jordan and activist/photographer Manuel Maqueda. Studying the newly-emerging issue of ocean plastic pollution they learned of a stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny atoll in the center of the North Pacific Ocean. On the first trip to Midway Atoll in September of 2009 their team filmed thousands of dead albatrosses. Returning to Midway eight times over the next four years the filmmakers experienced the bird’s beauty, grace and sentience more and more with each trip. ALBATROSS tells the factual story of the suffering of these birds brought about by our culture of mass consumption and conveys the intensely vivid sensual, emotional and spiritual experience of being with them on the island.

The film’s maker realized that this eight year labor of love could not be treated as a commercial product and is, there for,​​ a gift to the world. With this in mind ALBATROSS is offered as a free public work of art. The screening hosted by Bird Nerds Club of OSU and Newport Surfrider is free. The hosted screenings will culminate on World Oceans Day 2018 (June 8), when ALBATROSS will be shown at the United Nations. On that day ALBATROSS will be made available for free permanently.

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