By now, most of you have seen the video of the slag that washed up on the beach in Southport, New Jersey.
This piece of old shell slag, called the “Shell Slager Rotterdam” has been sitting in a barn in South Portland, New York, since 1876.
The piece of slag has been used in a number of other ways, but none have had the same impact on the lives of slags that washed ashore on the beaches in New Jersey, New England, and Florida.
If you were lucky enough to see it, you’d probably think it was some sort of garbage dumpster or some sort towing truck.
When the slags was finally picked up and placed into a new barn, it was found to contain a few pieces of shell that had been partially broken and were covered with a layer of sand and other debris.
While some of the shell pieces that washed onto the beach are still visible, the majority of the pieces have been washed away.
Now, if you were to take a picture of a shell slager and post it on social media, you might get a bunch of flak from the slagged and outraged public, who would probably wonder why they should care if it was all that old.
But you’d be wrong.
Because of the unique circumstances of this piece of Old Shell Slag, the story has been covered extensively and has been viewed millions of times.
In fact, the piece of shell has been the subject of a new documentary called “Old Shell Slager: A Story of a Trash Landmark.”
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will air in the United States and Canada on May 18th, and will be distributed to theaters in the states.
I reached out to the filmmakers to get their thoughts on what this piece means to them.
As a filmmaker myself, I feel that it is important to talk about what it means to a person or community to see a piece of trash that they have been using for a long time washed away in the middle of the ocean, and to hear their thoughts and feelings on the subject.
What does this story tell you?
What does it tell you about the state of the world right now?
What can you do to help?
The filmmakers reached out and talked with some of their friends and family who have used the piece, to get some perspective on what they’ve been doing and the stories they’ve had about it.
They asked that they not be named out of fear of retribution.
In the end, they decided that the story of this shell slacker was important enough that it deserved to be told and that they would share it with the world.
You can watch the full film on Sundance.
It can be viewed below.
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