Sunday Shorts: Plastic Bag, Starring Werner Herzog

Plastic Bag

For some time now, we’ve been in love with the art of short filmmaking, but we’ve never found a good way to cover them. So once a week, we will bring you a short film that we’ve enjoyed, or that we find interesting, in a new feature we call Sunday Shorts. This week, Sunday Shorts presents…

This week, Sunday Shorts is back with something very special. Have you ever wondered what the life of a plastic bag is like? From its birth in a grocery store to its late life in a landfill? Have you also wondered what the existential thoughts of said bag would sound like? Yes, they would sound like Werner Herzog. That was my first thought, as well. In this short — directed by Goodbye Solo‘s Ramin Bahrani — Herzog gives a voice to one of our most usual — and most discarded — household items. It’s quite funny, and unique. It was shown as part of the Futurestates program at SXSW 2010.


Written and directed by: Ramin Bahrani

Played at: 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival

Synopsis: Struggling with its immortality, a lost plastic bag ventures through the environmentally barren remains of America as it narrates its search for its master, the young woman who owned and used it in an era long since past.

Filmmaker Website: http://www.noruzfilms.com/films/plasticbag.html

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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