Paper or Plastic?Documentary Competition
(USA, 2008, 80 mins)
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Producer: Justine Jacob
Executive Producers: Oren Jacob, Graham Walters
Cinematographer: Alex D. da Silva
Editors: Garret Savage, Andrew Gersh
Music: Marco d'Ambrosio
You never know where the stars are," beams the president of the National Grocers Association on the eve of their annual bagging competition in Las Vegas. Paper or Plastic? follows eight state champions from across the country, ranging from rural housewives to ambitious immigrants to awkward teens, each with their own thirst to claim the Best Bagger title in the ultimate supermarket sweep.
Alex D. da Silva and Justine Jacob's fleet and earnest documentary cheers on these grocery gladiators as they duke it out over speed, weight distribution, and the x-factor of “crushability” in a flick as packed with goodies as a shopping spree. The challengers' enthusiasm is real, their need to win clear, and their nerves jangling as the uncompromising judges pick the national champion while the crowd goes wild watching the white bread get carefully but commandingly stacked on top of the six-pack in this celebration of individuality and the spirit of the American working class.
-- Amy Nicholson
Friday, June 20th 7:30pm
Sunday, June 22nd 1:30pm
Wednesday, June 25th 4:00pm
Mann Festival Theatre
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