E – Our E-waste Problem

E: Our E-waste Problem explores the consequences of our consumption habits.

E-waste is a global problem that has some local causes as well as local solutions. The documentary explores both the local and global, starting with "Where does our trash actually go?" This question is rarely asked, yet it permeates our lives multiple times every single day. The documentary then explores best practices to avoid shipping our e-waste to countries that don't have the capacity or regulations to tackle it.

  • Nick Lyell
    Director
    Nick Lyell is interested in all mediums and methods of storytelling, from web-design and programming to traditional filmmaking. He uses these tools to struggle for radical democracy against domination by unaccountable political and economic power in the United States.
  • Stephanie Vavoneese
    Director
    Stephanie Vavonese has been working in environmental film over the past four years. She is passionate about environmental issues and creating a sustainable world for our future. Her recent work includes the Potomac: The River Runs Through Us which aired during "Chesapeake Bay Week" on Maryland Public Television and in numerous festivals including the Environmental Film Festival (2013) in Washington, DC. She is also passionate about traveling and experience other cultures and has been to 45 countries which have also inspired and influenced her decision focus on using film as her medium to address environmental issues worldwide.
  • Flavius Mihaies
    Director
    Flavius Mihaies is an independent journalist and World Bank consultant. He previously worked for the U.S. Congress, various think tanks, international organizations, and the private sector on the elaboration, implementation, and analysis of foreign policy and development assistance. He is a contributor to Huffington Post France and Upworthy. Mr. Mihaies travels frequently to the Middle East, most recently to Syria and Iraq, where he worked in a Syrian refugee camp, witnessed the YPG battlefront with the Islamic State and visited Kobane and Christian communities in Damascus, Homs and other Syrian towns.
  • Chithra Jeyaram
    Producer
    Real Talkies
  • Nick Lyell
    Producer
  • Stephanie Vavoneese
    Producer
    The Potomac: The River Runs Through Us
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Environmental
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • North Carolina Environmental Film Festival

    United States
    North America Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Nick Lyell, Stephanie Vavoneese, Flavius Mihaies

Nick Lyell is interested in all mediums and methods of storytelling, from web-design and programming to traditional filmmaking. He uses these tools to struggle for radical democracy against domination by unaccountable political and economic power in the United States.

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Director Statement

E – Our E-waste Problem is my first short film and was an amazing learning experience. We started with the question of, "Where does our old cellphone go?" and it took us on an interesting journey, learning both about the filmmaking process, and the impacts of our unsustainable consumption habits.

Each of us director brought unique perspectives on storytelling and really pushed each other to make an informative and interesting documentary.