Midway – A Message from the Gyre

After seeing this deeply moving video on the PIED TYPE blog last night, I decided that I had to investigate further…

MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.

Our feature film MIDWAY is currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014.

Chris Jordan on Vimeo

For more, please go to
MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan on Vimeo
The official MIDWAY website

Here’s a related video for those who aren’t familiar with the Pacific Garbage Patch…

Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Project GreenBag on Vimeo

For an in-depth look at the science behind The Gyre, read HowStuffWorks “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

I want ice water.

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5 thoughts on “Midway – A Message from the Gyre

  1. I’ve read elsewhere that the feature film “Midway” was released in Canada in Sept. 2013. I hope that “early 2014” date is its US premiere. I’d like to see it, although it doesn’t sound like a film that will hit mainstream theaters.


  2. There are many, many movie theaters in Southern California. Literally thousands and thousands. They almost all are lumped into chains and show identical movies. Often it takes a long drive and real motivation to see a limited release movie. It is a sin. It is a sin of greed. It is a sin of Capitalism.


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