Well it’s been a whole year since Bag It premiered at the Ashland Independent Film Festival last April, and so much has happened. After winning the Audience Award, a total shocker to be quite honest, I think we all started to realize that we were on to something and that the film not only was a good one, but that the topic was on everyone’s minds and the positive approach to addressing what could be a very depressing and daunting topic was what people were looking for.
Everything is better with a little humor, right? The immediate responses I started getting from people about what they could do in their own lives and in their communities was amazing. People seemed empowered more than depressed, and people were also entertained and wanted to share the movie with others right away.
Since that time we have had a lot more success at festivals all over the country, the film is being shown in schools for kids of all ages with 45 and 60 minute versions available depending on needs. Our grassroots community screening campaign is going exceptionally well, with over 200 screenings happening across the country this month! Some of these screenings are thanks to the Whole Foods, ‘Do Something Reel’ Film Festival, passing through 80 cities! As our Earth Month celebration continues, we are also beginning to air a 56 minute version of the film on PBS affiliate stations across the country. Holy cow! It’s pretty amazing to be a part of something like this.
Very early on we realized that this was a story that needed to be told and that there was a lot of information that people simply may not know about the subject of plastic, both on the grand scale of how it affects the planet, and on a personal level with how it affects our health and the health of our children, I didn’t know most of it and I considered myself somewhat well informed.
I am so happy that people are responding to this film the way they are. This issue of plastic is not going to go away and hopefully by bringing more people into the conversation and by shining a light on some of these problems, we are working on a solution.
This week I am headed to NYC to celebrate Earth Day with 8 million friends! On Thursday April 21st, we will be hosting a public screening at the Tribeca 92nd Street YMCA at 7pm and if you are in the city, please come! If you are not in the city, I invite you to come via a LIVE internet Q & A. The webcast begins at 9:15 EST/6:15 PST. Please join us here to ask questions and join the discussion with myself, Suzan Beraza, the director (coming to us live from Telluride, Colorado) and a panel of special guests from the big city!
We would love for you to get involved in with the film in any way you can. Here are a few more ideas –