Bringing Our Community Together One Film at a Time

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Posted on 11/15:

We regret that due to expectations of inclement weather, we are postponing tonight’s Screening of Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Panel discussion. Stay safe and warm and hope to see you at our next screening for How To Survive A Plague on Thursday, December 6th at 630p .

Ossining Library’s Budarz Theater: 53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562

View the Plastic Paradise Trailer

Panelist Bios:

Debra Magadini
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Debra Magadini is a researcher at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory studying microplastics in the gut tissue of marine organisms. Debra’s study, which was recently mentioned in National Geographic’s June issue on plastic pollution*, identifies and quantifies microplastics in commercially available bivalves and shrimp, as well as fish harvested from the Hudson River Estuary. When not in the lab at Lamont, Debra divides her time working with students from LDEO’s Secondary School Field Research Program, as well as serving as a visiting faculty member for the Berkshire Waldorf High School in Stockbridge, MA.


Debra received her BA in theater from the University of Washington, and holds a Master’s degree in secondary education specializing in biology from the Steinhart School at New York University. Earlier this year, Debra was selected to be one of eighteen educators serving as Educator Ambassadors to NASA. In addition to enjoying a previous and successful career in theatrical lighting, Debra is also an avid scuba diver and has participated in several scientific studies of the coral reef systems of Bacalar Chico, Belize, and Andavadoaka, Madagascar


Jordan Christensen
Program Coordinator
Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Jordan Christensen is a NY Program Coordinator with Citizens Campaign for the Environment.  She began working as CCE’s Hudson Valley Program Coordinator in 2011 and currently works on local, state, and federal campaigns out of CCE’s Long Island office. Jordan conducts research, lobbying, and public education on a variety of issues, including drinking water protection, renewable energy, and banning toxic chemicals. She currently chairs the Clean Seas Coalition’s Atlantic Chapter, EPA’s Trash Free Waters Plastic Bag Workgroup, and has worked with municipalities throughout New York to implement policies that reduce our reliance on single-use plastics.


Maija Niemisto
Education Director
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater


Maija grew up in a family of musicians in Northfield, Minnesota. She pursued B.A. in environmental studies at the Universty of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University of Beiruit in Lebanon. After her studies, she bought a small sailboat and set out on a adventure to explore the eastern seaboard which eventually lead her to Clearwater. Beginning in 2008, Maija served aboard the sloop as a member of the education staff and cultivated a great love for the river while sailing, singing, and teaching with students. In 2014, she left Clearwater to pursue an M.S. in marine sciences at Stony Brook University and deepened her knowledge of the Hudson River Estuary through research on estuarine fish and zooplankton using a biological acoustic system hosted aboard the sloop. She returned as Education Director for Clearwater in 2016. Maija has two young children who are currently accumulating sea-time on the sloop and are known to ask such questions as “mama, is the Hudson saltwater or freshwater?”


 “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.”  ~Alfred Hitchcock

It is our mission to bring our community together to watch, enjoy and engage in conversations about documentaries.

We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.

At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.

We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in The World.  Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.

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