A new student-produced documentary focused on the Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility will debut on Oct. 24 at Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus, with a reception at 6pm and the film screening at 7pm. We assume the carpet at this event will be green, not red, and dress is casual.
The film, produced by Wellesley College senior Dawn Marie Barnett, includes interviews with key players and shows what becomes of recycled material after it leaves the RDF. According to movie reviewers at the Sustainable Wellesley organization, “It is certainly the most complete depiction of Wellesley recycling ever made, and is well worth watching by anyone interested in sustainable behavior in Wellesley.”
Barnett says that the film screening will provide a chance to publicly recognize and thank more than a dozen RDF employees, and the event will be hosted by Patrick Willoughby, director of sustainability at Wellesley College.
The story behind the story of this film, simply titled “The Town of Wellesley’s Recycling and Disposal Facility,” is an interesting one.
Barnett is a U.S. Air Force veteran who moved from Seattle to attend Wellesley College to study Studio Arts as a Davis Scholar, a non-traditional age student who attends classes and does the same work as the traditional students. Barnett decided to make a career change when a voice-related health issue prevented her working in advertising and marketing.
The student plans to distribute the documentary, produced over 2 years through two independent studies, to PBS, schools and municipalities across the nation. She’s working on a website to sell DVDs. Barnett was mentored by Jarlath W. Waldron, director of media and technology at Wellesley College.