Albatross is already establishing itself as one of the most important artworks of our generation. Its potency as a tool for re-connection and cultural healing cannot be overemphasized.”
-Regan Rosburg, artist and independent curator, Denver, CO.
Albatross is a spiritual experience that transcends the medium of film.”
-Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism.
“Like other profoundly elegiac works in the history of art — Grunewald’s Crucifixion, Friedrich’s nocturnes, Picasso’s Guernica — Chris Jordan’s Albatross is both achingly sad and pleasurably beautiful.”
-Suzaan Boettger, art historian/critic, NYC
Albatross arrives like a godsend with spiritual value leaving a lasting memory upon all those that experience it.”
-Mary Jordan, curator, artist, and Founder/Creative Director of New Water Culture, NYC
Albatross is a piercing, soaring, sobering, exalting artwork, tinged with the sadness of great love, radiantly brilliant.”
-Carl Safina, conservationist and writer
“Transfixed, mesmerized, undone, astonished, stunned; even these words do not describe the experience of watching Albatross. It is poetry written at the end and beginning of the Earth, a radiant lens into innocence and suffering, a quintessential mirror of what it means to be humane in this world.”
-Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author
Albatross is a shared grief, a collective prayer, a mirror into our own complicity of the suffering we have caused through our religion of consumption. Chris Jordan asks us through his lens of attention and compassion, “How shall we live?” This film is a reckoning of this moment in time. Do we have the courage to not avert our gaze? Albatross shows us the way.”
-Terry Tempest Williams, author, conservationist, and activist

About the Project

ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. On Midway island, in the remote North Pacific Ocean, tens of thousands of Laysan albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. ALBATROSS takes us on a journey through horror and grief, facing the shock of this tragedy and our own complicity head on.

Internationally-acclaimed photographic artist Chris Jordan (www.chrisjordan.com), in his filmmaking debut, returned to Midway over many years with his team, documenting the cycles of life and death, and capturing stunning and intimate portraits of these magnificent seabirds.

The trailer for ALBATROSS (formerly titled Midway) has reached an audience of millions around the world. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional documentary film, the full-length feature, also edited and narrated by Chris Jordan, takes us more fully into the tragedy, while delivering a profound message of reverence and renewal.

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