Into the Gyre is an award-winning documentary about a groundbreaking expedition to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean. Thirty-four volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in this five- week long adventure to the remote Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda.

Sailing on a 135-foot tall ship, the SSV Corwith Cramer, operated by the Sea Education Association, the film closely follows four of the scientists as they collect, count, and archive the plastic they encounter. Along the way, the film examines the history of plastics, the adverse effects it is causing in the ocean, and possible solutions to this problem.

Filmmaker Biography:

Scott Elliott is a Brooklyn, NY based filmmaker. Scott’s first feature length documentary, Slumming It: Myth and Culture on the Bowery, about the history of the Bowery in New York City, aired on PBS in July 2005 on the series Reel New York. In 2003, Scott founded the production company 590films, which produces films for educational and non-profit clients. He is currently in production on The Trees, a film about the National September 11th Memorial plaza. He studied English and History at Amherst College.


Produced, Directed and Edited By: Scott Elliott
Writers: Julia Elliott and Scott Elliott
Camera: Scott Elliott and Ben Schellpfeffer
Original Music: Stefan French
Narration: Chris Abell
Executive Producers: CaseNEX and Svilen Kamburov
Co Producers: Ben Schellpfeffer and Giora Proskurowski
Graphics: Dennis Ordonez
Audio-Post Production: James Kelly
Still Photography: Roman Shor
Archival Footage: Prelinger Archives
Ship Crew: Chris McGuire, Giora Proskurowski, Tom Sullivan, Colleen Allard, Jeremy Dann, Juliet Alla, Dave Murphy, Skye Moret, Emelia DeForce, Dave Reynolds, Sarah Lake, Lillian Corbin, Athena Aicher, Lisa Ballard, Tyson Bottenus, Marina Cassio, Megan Cronin, Tyler Dewitt, Matthew Ecklund, Eleanor Kane, Jacob Keaton, Jenan Kharbush, Wendy Kordesch, David M. Lawrence, Marilou Maglione, Dylan Meyer, John Miller, Leslie Peate, Steve Putnam, Roman Shor, Ted Snedden, Sarah Wegmueller
Special Thanks:  Erik Zettler, Linda Amaral-Zettler, Nikolai Maximenko, John Bullard, Matt Ozug, Allison Harmer, Jeff Schell, Jamila Wignot, Paul Joyce, Kara Lavender Law, Tracy Mincer, Jan Wagner, Jane Frye, Lori Dolby, Katharine Williams, Lauren Bell

Generous Financial Support Provided by:

Bill Hooper
Marilou Maglione
Erik Zettler
Jennifer Bassett
Richard Elliott
Mary Jane Elliott
Svilen Kamburov

Financial Support:

Elisabeth Gawthrop
Michael Garrigues
Kate Webbink
Max Clendenning
Victoria Smith
Elizabeth Stivison
Anne Wright
David Lawrence
Sarah Wegmueller
Emily Simon
Nicole Couto
Marci Elston
Hannah Roth
Jamison Smith
Wendy Kordesch
Brianna Walsh
Marilyn Munson
Mike Wiant
Elisabeth Subrin
Jennifer Webber
Winfried Markert
Sarah Lake
Roman Shor
Matthew Christensen
Mary Engels
Kristen Girard
Chris McGuire
Nicholas Steinbauer
Jamila Wignot
Karen Jackson
Norah Smith
Richard G. Nibeck
Matthew Ozug
Benjamin Schellpfeffer
Dylan Anslow
Hana Schank
Mckenzie Funk
Tim DiSabatino
Sheila DiSabatino
Kara Law
Richard Morrical
Jesse Kocher
Erika Saveraid
Tyson Bottenus
Malcolm Johnson
Kate Lambert
Jess Tyler
Tim Kelly
Deborah Blanchard
James Kelly
Ellen Wagner
Sue Lunger
Sandy and Susan Sierck
Julia Elliott
Ryan and Anna Fox
Colleen Allard
Jeff Schell
Stephanie Moret
Elliott Blanchard
Seth McMillan
Leslie Peate
Jacob Keaton
Nancy Wohlsen
Ken and Yael Natori
Ali Harmer