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Heal The Bay Releases Plastic Bag Short, Looks Strangely Familiar

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Back in April, we posted about a beautiful short film by Ramin Bahrani about the life of a plastic bag and its journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It was moving, particularly with the moving vocal narration by legendary director/actor Werner Herzog.

Today, I spied a video that felt very similar — produced by Heal The Bay and narrated by actor Jeremy Irons. The point of the film is to promote the passage of AB 1998, a state measure that would ban the single-use of plastic bags in retail stores in California. It too features a plastic bag navigating through the dangers of life while eventually making it to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

“Rather than lecturing the audience, we wanted to create a film that would capture people’s attention with humor,” stated Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay. “At the same time, we saw this as subversive way to make viewers realize the serious, far-reaching problem of single-use plastic bag pollution.

I don’t want to accuse Heal The Bay of ripping off Bahrani’s concept — after all, their version is approached more as a nature doc, while the former was a first-person affair. But it’s safe to assume that someone in the org was definitely “inspired” by the short film. Take a look at both below the fold to come to your own conclusions.

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