VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for The Smog Of The Sea featuring Jack Johnson

The Smog Of The Sea is a new documentary, from filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn), that chronicles a 1-week research expedition through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. The film has enlisted singer / songwriter Jack Johnson as a citizen scientist, joining marine scientist Marcus Eriksen, renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham to study plastic in the ocean. The film, which includes live action footage, underwater cinematography, and an original song by Johnson, provides an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic.

After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?

Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso).

To learn more visit the official website.

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