World Oceans Day Free Screening // ALBATROSS // June 6

SF Green Film Festival is pleased to present this special World Oceans Day screening of Chris Jordan's ALBATROSS - an intimate portrait of these magnificent seabirds on Midway island in the North Pacific Ocean.

FREE event, no ticket required.

This event is sponsored by the Green Stacks program of SF Public Library.


Artist Chris Jordan alit on Midway Island in 2009 to photograph the albatrosses that populate this small spot of land in the middle of the Pacific. Little did Jordan know that he would return time and again to Midway on a wildly challenging eight-year odyssey to tell the story of these remarkable birds and what they mean to him. This is not your textbook nature documentary, but rather a revelatory and existential examination of life, loss and love. Exquisitely beautiful, immensely touching and ultimately inspiring, Albatross takes us on a journey to this remote island that few people ever see. What we glean is a profound understanding of how our everyday material lives intersect with the natural world, even when it seems far away. ~ Mountainfilm

“A love story for our time from the heart of the Pacific.”

ALBATROSS explores the beauty and tragedy in the cycles of birth, life, and death of creatures that live in the middle of the ocean on Midway Island, thousands of miles away from the nearest continent. Director Chris Jordan describes the motivations of the Midway Project as a drive to “convey the intensely vivid sensual, emotional, and spiritual experience of being with [the birds] on the island.” The intimacy of the birds’ nurturing, poetic and cyclical lives is starkly contrasted by the shocking images portraying the devastation of the effects of an unhealthy ocean.

In defiance of the mass production, commercialization, and human consumption that lie at the root of the problem afflicting the albatrosses, Jordan is releasing ALBATROSS as a public art project. “One thing I can do is to give my eight-year labor of love as a gift to the world, as a gesture of trust in doing the right thing for its own sake.” The release of the film is bookended by Earth Day 2018 (April 22) and World Oceans Day 2018 (June 8). During this time, anyone can host a free screening of the film for their communities, culminating in a screening at the United Nations as part of their official World Oceans Day Program.

The plight of the albatross serves as a microcosm for the unintended effects of human action and consumption on our world. Jordan alludes to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in the ALBATROSS trailer, drawing direct parallels between the poem’s albatross as a metaphorical curse and psychological burden, and the film’s ALBATROSS as a representation of the collective burden humanity must bear as a direct result of our actions.

ALBATROSS will spread to the world through hosted screenings, word of mouth, and social media. Follow our Instagram @greenfilmfest and help spread the message!

(Chris Jordan, USA, 2017, 97 mins)

June 06, 2018 at 6:00pm - 7:45pm
San Francisco Public Library Main Branch
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
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