The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan sent 5 million tons of homes, cars, infrastructure, and personal possessions surging into the ocean beginning a journey following the California Current straight to the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. There, a society of beachcombers ardently patrol the coasts, collecting items as they wash ashore, and investigate to trace items back to their origins.

Tsunami Flotsam from Melissa Willenborg on Vimeo.

This documentary was produced as a thesis in partial fulfilment of the M.F.A. degree at UNCG


A pitch for this project won 2nd place at the 2013 River Run International Film Festival Pitchfest

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