Scene from the film Single Stream
Scene from the film Single Stream
Scene from the film Single Stream
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Single Stream

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The title refers to the “single stream” method of recycling, in which all types of recyclables are initially gathered, and only later sorted at a specialized facility. Through a visual and sonic exploration of one of the largest materials recovery facilities in the US, this film takes a close look at the problem of waste. Blurring the line between observation and abstraction, Single Stream meditates on our society's culture of excess and its consequences.

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  • Original title
    Single Stream
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Paweł Wojtasik, Toby Lee, Sergei Franklin
  • Music
    Ernst Karel
  • Sound
    Ernst Karel
  • Duration
    23 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • BAFICI, Apr 2015
    • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Mar 2015
    • MassArt Film Society, Mar 2015
    • Tracing Waste, Princeton University School of Architecture, Feb-Mar 2015
    • Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, Feb 2015
    • International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE), Paris, Feb 2015
    • First Look, Museum of the Moving Image, NYC, Jan 2015
    • Unknown Pleasures: American Independent Film Festival, Berlin, Jan 2015
    • Filmmaker Festival, Milan, Dec 2014
    • Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennial, Dec 2014
    • Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris, Dec 2014
    • Bucknell University, Nov 2014
    • RIDM (Montreal International Documentary Festival), Nov 2014
    • CPH:DOX, Nov 2014
    • Artisterium, Tbilisi, Nov 2014
    • FICValdivia, Oct 2014
    • Film Festival Locarno, Aug 2014
    • Traverse City Film Festival, July 2014
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2014
    • Whitney Biennial, March 2014 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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