Thursday, June 3, 2010

Plastic Bag

You may have been treated to an unscheduled short film called Plastic Bag at this year's Ebertfest.  It's 18 minute length likely kept it secret.  It was shown because it is the collaboration of two directors who've been guests at the festival,   Ramin Bahrani (director of Chop Shop and others) and Werner Herzog (director of Invincible, among many other films), and Ebert helped to facilitate their meeting one another.  Bahrani directs the story of a plastic bag searching for meaning, while Herzog provides the internal voice of the bag.  It was noted that no special effects were used in making the film, which, once you see it, will invoke some awe.

While you can watch it online (I've posted it below), I'm happy to say you can also pop it into your DVD player thanks to Wholphin No. 11.  I've mentioned Wholphin before, but it's worth mentioning again.  If you're looking for quality short films, the Wholphin series is a great place to start.  Each disc offers such a mix of fiction, documentary, foreign, and animated films that there's no way you won't find a short you enjoy.

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