Filmmaker: Craig Leeson
AFS Representatives: Adam Leipzig (Producer), Julie Andersen (Social Impact Distribution Producer)
Runtime: 102 min
A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. They investigate how our addiction to plastic is impacting the food chain and how that is affecting every one of us through new and developing human health problems. The expedition leads the two adventurers to unusual scientific discoveries, heart-breaking truths and important solutions to one of the biggest problems confronting humankind.
About The Representatives
Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on 36 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Collectively, his projects have generated over $2 billion in revenue on $300 million production spending, and twice he has been responsible for the ‘most profitable picture of the year.’ Adam is founder and CEO of Entertainment Media Partners; Senior Creative Advisor to CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of creative communities; Publisher and Managing Editor of Cultural Weekly; and a faculty member at the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is also the former President of National Geographic Films, and a former Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios. Adam’s books for emerging and professional filmmakers are published by Macmillan.
Julie Andersen has worked in public health and nonprofit management internationally for the past 15 years in the US, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Julie’s career has focused on the effective communication of information regarding new means of improving and safeguarding human health as well as the environment against the negative effects of industrial development. Julie was raised in San Diego where the ocean was part of her daily lifestyle as a swimmer and triathlete. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and her Master’s in Public Health. As Executive Director of Plastic Ocean Foundation, Julie combines her education and career in the life sciences with her love of the ocean.