Project Description

Cover for the film, Plastic Paradise. Features an island inside a plastic bottle.

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

2014 · Unrated · 57m


Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.

About the Filmmakers

Plastic Paradise was produced by Virgil Films & Entertainment and directed by Angela Sun. Find out more about the film at


“The photography is a strong asset, and images from Midway Island are especially striking. When Sun tells us at the end of the film that the amount of plastic in the world will quadruple by the year 2050, it is not exactly a happy conclusion to this thoughtful, chilling film.” – Stephen Farber. “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Film Review.” The Hollywood Reporter. 18 Oct 2013

“This film is not for the faint-of-heart, as Plastic Paradise frequently presents disturbing images to its audience, including Midway Albatross birds being dissected to reveal plastics in their stomachs and the equally sickening ignorance of members of the plastic industry. All in all, once you forgive the film for stealing your own umbrella of ignorance during the downpour of guilt that is Pacific Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, you will thank Angela Sun for her effort in bringing this reality to light.” – Jordan S. “Film Review: Plastic Paradise.” The Alternative Consumer. 15 Sept 2014

“I was shocked to learn this & even more shocked to learn that it’s not being addressed. Well made documentary. You will be at a loss for words when you see this. I think I am still in shock. Plastic and other garbage the size of Texas is floating in the upper Pacific ocean. This is not only dangerous to the animals of the sea, but it is a danger to humans as well. I can not believe that politicians continue to argue about the most asinine things and don’t seem to be concerned with this. You will be angry after you watch this and you will feel helpless.” – C. Conelly, Amazon

“This is a great movie for anyone who wants to know more about what’s going on in the world concerning the environment, our impact on it and what we can do to make it better. We watched it in a college class and everyone was surprised to the extent that the plastic situation has gotten out of hand. The movie is sad in many parts but people need to see this to wake up to what our overuse of plastic is doing to our world.” – Ryan Healy, Amazon

“I found this documentary to be very informative and eye opening regarding plastics. I never gave a lot of thought to the longevity of plastic. People would point out that it doesn’t degrade, but the true meaning and effect of that longevity did not resonate within me until I saw the plastic remnants inside the poor birds gullet. How absolutely pathetic that we are too lazy to give up a bit of convenience I order to save our planet for the future of the human race. This documentary drives home the point better than any other I’ve seen!” – Julie Gonzales, Amazon

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Cover for the film, Plastic Paradise. Features an island inside a plastic bottle.

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