50 Tons of Plastic, Hell or Clean Water
Cody Westman and Face2Face host David Peck talk about his new film Hell or Clean Water, the environment, activism, awareness, confidence and doubt, how change takes time and how one person can make a difference and why everyone should try.
Shawn Bath is an unlikely environmentalist. Just 10 years ago he was throwing garbage out his truck window. But as a commercial diver in Newfoundland, Shawn has seen ‘everything that mankind doesn’t want’. The harbours in the province are full of tires, bottles, boat parts and fishing equipment, a world-wide problem that is ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
After meeting his girlfriend Staunene, Shawn has a change of heart and is now hell bent on cleaning up the trash that’s littering the bottom of the Atlantic. He quits his job and devotes all his time and energy into his new cause Clean Harbours Initiative, relying solely on donations while he tries to secure government funding.
The problem? He only has $9 in his bank account; creditors are calling daily and the funds aren’t coming in fast enough. Shawn is also a former seal hunter and one of the first groups to step up and help with his cause is the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an animal rights group that is against the commercial seal hunt, and therefore hated in Newfoundland.
But Shawn will take help from anyone willing to assist him in cleaning up the mammoth issue of trash in his beloved ocean. In this David and Goliath story, Shawn risks everything to keep his waters clean. But with so much to care about in the world today, will the help ever arrive?
Cody Westman lives in in St. John's NL, Canada and is the owner of CatsEyeCinema Inc. - a video production company where Cody directs, shoots and edits, but also hires and collaborates with some of the best freelance film makers around.
Cody has been involved in the film and entertainment industries in Montreal, Vancouver and St. John's since 1999. Since 2013, he has directed/produced/edited videos and commercials for countless corporations in Canada such as VICE, Canadian Tire, Amex, Hockey Canada, WWF, Atlantic Lottery and more. He has also directed 4 short films and many music & comedy projects.
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Cody lives in St. John’s NL with his wife, 2 young boys and a cat named Miles.
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