Song of the Spindle
“I think humans could really learn something from us whales,” says one of the two characters in this humorous, animated short that imagines a whimsical conversation between a sperm whale and a man. Guess which one has more wisdom?
Inspired by Thor Heyerdahl’s epic Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947 and a cradle-to-cradle, no-waste philosophy, David de Rothschild built a 60-foot boat with a hull made of recycled plastic bottles. His plan was to sail this uncertain craft from San Francisco, California, to Sydney, Australia, while drawing attention to the abundance of single-use plastic that pollutes the oceans. This rousing documentary follows de Rothschild and his crew, first through the arduous process of building a seaworthy vessel and then onto the oceans in 2010 for a memorable four-month, 8,000-mile voyage.