Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates modern-day lives in subtle ways. Bag It is a touching and humorous film that follows everyman Jeb Berrier, who is not a tree-hugger at all, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.
The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts presents Bag It with narrator and actor Jeb Berrier as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
Following a screening of Bag It, Berrier and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and his part in its production. A reception with the actor will follow the screening and question-and-answer session. Both screening and reception are free and open to the public.
What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic, and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and our own bodies. Bag It shows how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us, and what we can do about it.
“Bag It is a great example of a film that not only entertains an audience, but changes hearts and minds,” said Emily Verellen, programs director of The Fledgling Fund, which supports innovative media projects addressing social issues.
The documentary has been well-received internationally, garnering awards at Blue Ocean, Telluride Mountain, Ashland, Waimea Ocean and Topanga Canyon film festivals, as well as environmental film awards at Melbourne, Sedona and Reel Earth festivals.
Since May 2010, more than 700 community organizations, schools, libraries, and educational programs have integrated Bag It into their programming, bringing the film to what is estimated to be tens of thousands of people nationwide. The Bag It Town Program encourages groups to take their actions and involvement to the next level by working towards legislative change. Bag It Towns are municipalities that systematically reduce the collective consumption of single-use disposable bags.
At ETSU, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Campus Sustainability are encouraging students, staff, faculty and community members to bring their unwanted plastic bags to the Nov. 5 screening for recycling – and to be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Nov. 11 Kathy Mattea concert.
“Bag It is a playful film about a very serious topic – the ubiquitous nature of plastic, especially single use plastic bags, in our lives,” said Anita DeAngelis, director of the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. “In the film, Jeb asks hard questions, and he shares how his quest to learn more had significant impact in his personal life.”
Berrier, host of a morning show on Plum TV, is an Emmy® award winner, for his coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is an actor and director in theater, film and commercials and produces the annual Telluride Comedy Festival.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org
The website for Bag It is http://www.bagitmovie.com/. The trailer can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRjPkl_4lmM, as well as on the film website.
For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts or the film series, call 423-439-TKTS (8587) or visit www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/ or www.Facebook.com/ETSU.MBMSOTA.