In the heart of Venice the mounting of a movie poster drew a crowd and multiple cameras Thursday.
The poster is made from 18,000 pieces of trash, picked up from local beaches, then individually assembled and glued onto a building on the south side of Windward Avenue.
The poster is to promote the film One Beach, which is directed by surfer Jason Baffa and examines a problem that affects all of us in Venice: the proliferation of beach trash. This summer, Baffa filmed six people who decided to step up and do something about the issue, including Judith and Richard Lang who for the past 11 years have cleaned the same 1,000 yard stretch of California’s Kehoe Beach. Four other beach cleaners were also highlighted. Expect their stories teased out over the next three weeks on the film sponsor Barefoot Wine's Facebook page, where the film itself will debut Sept. 20.
If you want to get involved locally, you can plunge in and help with Heal the Bay's local Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 17. In the meantime, drop by the poster on Windward for a look. You’ll be taken aback by the variety of trash that floods our local beaches.