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The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic

A film by Deia Schlosberg
95 minute, color, USA, 2019


The Story of Plastic is a searing expose, uncovering the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling. Different from every other plastic documentary you’ve seen, THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a life changing film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues.


“A powerful new film. [With COVID 19 raging] some industries are cynically exploiting it to push for rollbacks and greater license to pollute. The plastics industry is a case in point. It’s intertwined with the fossil fuel industry, since petrochemical byproducts of fossil fuel production are the feedstocks for plastics. As demand for fracked gas declines, the two industries have been working to channel overproduction into producing more plastic, and they’re playing the angles to stoke demand.  Judith Enck, Newsweek
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“The film exposes the flawed and failed prophecy of recycling, which works well for glass and metals but fails miserably at dealing with plastics. Only 14 percent of plastics are recycled and only 2 percent effectively, the film explains. Most plastics degrade when recycled and don’t end up made into something as useful the second time around.” Tara Lohan, Deputy Editor of The Revelator
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“Thoughtful engaging documentary…exposes the flawed and failed prophecy of recycling, which works well for glass and metals but fails miserably at dealing with plastics. Only 14 percent of plastics are recycled and only 2 percent effectively, the film explains. Most plastics degrade when recycled and don’t end up made into something as useful the second time around.” Karen Conrad, Scenestr
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“A documentary that will never let you see plastic the same way again” Zoë Schlanger, Quartz
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VL Review The Invisible Heart


The Invisible Heart 
May/June 2019

May/June 2019 (Volume 34, Issue 3)
The Invisible Heart
(2018) 80 min. DVD: $29.99: individuals; $325: institutions. DRA. Outcast Films. PPR. Closed captioned.
Reviewer rating: 3.5/4

Does private sector investment help solve society’s ills, or just make things much worse? That is the question at the center of this documentary focusing on social impact bonds (SIBs), which often relies on Sir Ronald Cohen (a former refugee turned venture capitalist turned impact investor) to help put the concept into accessible context. An SIB is an investment of capital into one or another segment of society struggling with chronic failure (public schools, prisons). If certain markers of progress are achieved by specific deadlines, investors earn dividends that are paid for by appropriate levels of government (city, county, state, etc.). The latter can afford this, in theory, because measurable progress in education, as well as reduction of crime and drug use, will save taxpayers millions of dollars. The Invisible Heart takes a hard look at how SIBs operate in the real world of housing for at-risk populations, widespread drug use, low-performance classrooms, overcrowded prisons, and more. The evidence of real progress is mixed, but Canadian filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza wisely turns her attention to big ethical questions. Should the public throw in the towel on addressing problems through government, and instead privatize solutions? Can capitalism and the public good be partners? In an era when extreme income inequality has become sharply contentious, will voters support SIB investors who profit from human crises? This thought-provoking film is sure to spark discussion on the pluses and minuses of SIBs. Highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (T. Keogh)


Traffic Stop – Screenings


Outcast Films is excited to announce we are working on a screening series for the Academy Award nominated film “Traffic Stop”.

Directed by Kate Davis, “Traffic Stop” provides a unique, firsthand look into how police brutality impacts so many lives today. Behind the dashboard and body-camera footage are people with stories. One of those stories is Breaion King who was part of what first started out as a routine traffic stop, but one that soon made national headlines. The film gives us an intimate view of her career, upbringing, and personal philosophies—and how one brutal encounter with the police changed all of that.

The film is 30 minutes long, making it a perfect length to show to an audience and host a “talk back” or post-screening panel. The filmmakers, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, as well as Breaion King and her attorney, are available to be present at screenings.

Upcoming Screenings:

February 19: Texas State Capitol, Austin, TX (Featuring David Heilbroner, Kate Davis, and Breaion King)

February 20:  University of Houston, Houston, TX (Featuring David Heilbroner, Kate Davis, and Breaion King)

If you are interested in hosting a screening of “Traffic Stop” on your campus, or would like more information, please contact us at

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The Invisible Heart

The Invisible Heart

A film by Nadine Pequeneza
80 minutes, color, Canada, 2018
DVD includes: Closed Captions and Chapter Selections


The Invisible Heart provides an expansive and compelling overview into the world of social impact bonds (SIBs). The film calls into question the responsibilities of governments and private citizens as it follows many stakeholders’ viewpoints on this innovative social endeavor: policymakers, billionaire investors, under-resourced nonprofit leaders, professors and most importantly, those who need this help the most. Through an observational and character-driven framework, The Invisible Heart educates on what happens when social services and venture capital collide.

The Invisible Heart has the potential to resonate with a variety of audiences. For university students, the film could find a home in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, or Urban Studies departments. For high school students, the film fits into English, History, Economics and Civics classes. And for adults working hands on either in finance or social services, The Invisible Heart provides new information about solving social ills.


“A good documentary enthrals and informs you, even if you went into it without any clue of what it was about. The strength of The Invisible Heart lies within its cast of characters…the faces of real people are what makes the Heart so potent.”
Trent Wilkie, The Trent Wilkie

“The Invisible Heart has come to offer both sides of the ongoing SIB debate with sober judgement and a human face.”
Sierra Bilton, Vue Weekly

“The Invisible Heart takes a deep look at social impact bonds and raises multiple questions for governments, including the idea of the government paying profits to investors.”
Jordan Press, Canadian Press

“Social impact bonds ‘problematic’ says director of
new social finance documentary The Invisible Heart.”
Danny Glenwright, The Philanthropist

“The Invisible Heart weighs the ethics of putting human rights causes like housing and education in a relationship with capitalist interests.”
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

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Booklist Review Untold Tales

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.
First published March 26, 2018 (Booklist Online)

In the 1970s, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a column called “Tales of the City,” a fictionalized account of a young woman arriving in the city and drawn into the counterculture scene. The author was Armistead Maupin, raised in the conservative South and coming to terms with his sexuality. Using excerpts from the columns and clips from the PBS television series of the same name, this documentary tracks Maupin’s evolution from his younger years to his role as a major player in the literary and gay-rights scenes. Extensive interview footage with Maupin (both current and archival) as well as commentary from Laurie Linney, who starred in the PBS dramas, and recollections and thoughtful comments from Sir Ian McKellen, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, and others add depth to the coverage. This entertaining program is a good fit in literary collections in public libraries and colleges.

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Booklist Review Shored Up

Booklist Review
First published
October 14, 2014 (Booklist Online).

Shored Up

Sandy beaches and beautiful ocean views are the dreams of many. But dreams can become nightmares when severe weather, eroding sand, and rising water levels decimate the shoreline. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy tore through the East Coast, wiping out neighborhoods and scattering possessions. Interviewed survivors in New Jersey talk about seeing their household goods “on the curb” and making decisions about rebuilding. In North Carolina, Outer Banks residents worry about disappearing shorelines yet decry attempts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put in artificial barriers to curb erosion. Efforts to restore beaches with costly sand-reclamation projects are wiped out when devastating storms hit the region. Experts debate questions of who should finance beach-replenishment projects and the wisdom of continuing to develop and build houses on endangered coastal regions. This thought-provoking video sparks discussion for environmentalists and those directly affected by beach erosion. Extras include an interview with director Ben Kalina.  Candace Smith




Video Librarian
November/December 2014  (Volume 29, Issue 6)

Shored Up

Highly Recommended

Closed captioned.

Reviewer rating: 3.0/4

Filmmaker Ben Kalina explores the continuing debate over the government’s stance regarding erosion of coastal regions that are also popular residential sites. The problem is brought home by extensive footage of areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but the focus here is on two places that were immediately affected by the controversy over governmental response: Long Beach Island, off the coast of Ocean County, NJ, and the outer banks of North Carolina. In the first instance, the filmmakers question the wisdom of the beach replenishment program of the Army Corps of Engineers, which draws on generous amounts of general tax revenue to protect and rebuild the summer homes of the affluent. In the second, they cast a somewhat ridiculing eye at the decision by state legislators to set aside the findings of scientific researchers regarding the probability of future deterioration—an action in response to arguments from a business-oriented group that those alarmist predictions would have harmful economic ramifications. Shored Up features an impressive array of interviewees on all sides of the issue, but clearly represents the view that this problem—exacerbated by climate change—will only worsen, and that serious fact-based discussion should become an urgent priority among decision-makers and the general public.

DVD extras include interviews with Kalina and editor Marc D’Agostino, as well as bonus scenes.


Reviewed by Tom Ipri, Drexel University

Highly Recommended 

Shored Up

Ecology, Environmentalism, Global Warming

Date Entered: 3/2/2015

Focusing mainly on the New Jersey and North Carolina shore lines, Shored Up examines the troubled relationship between nature and those who want to build beach homes and communities. Taking Hurricane Sandy as a starting point, Ben Kalina’s film traces the history of shore development with an emphasis on the more recent trend of building expensive homes in flood and erosion prone areas.
Shored Up presents a short but effective overview of the history of shoreline development along the east coast. This growing development clashes with the effects of climate change and communities are forced to keep rebuilding. Some areas enlisted the Army Corp of Engineers to extend their beaches.

Scenes of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy provide a timely and moving example from recent history. Interviews with longtime residents of select coastal towns put a human face to the threat of property destruction.

The film cumulates with the shocking and disturbing decision by North Carolina politicians to ban discussion of the accelerated rise of sea level. Shored Up excels at showing the conflicting interests at play. It provides a great overview of the effects that climate change is having on coastal communities and provides a disturbing portrait of how those who have economic interests in these areas have their heads in the sand, so to speak.