SXSW Preview: World’s Largest

Andy Warhol mused once that we all just want our 15-minutes of fame. This is probably true. It is also true for the city governments of hundreds of small towns across the country — they all want to be Hodgenville, Kentucky (where Abe Lincoln was born) or Weston, Missouri (home of the world’s largest ball of string, not twine). And to become these worthwhile highway exits, these towns sometimes get very creative in coming up with something for which they can be famous. Like the world’s largest killer bee. It’s all the subject of World’s Largest, a really fun-looking doc from directors Amy Elliott and Elizabeth Donius. It makes its world premiere on Friday, March 12 at 9:15p at the Alamo South Lamar as part of SXSW 2010. To help you ready yourself, we’ve got the full synopsis, photo gallery and trailer below.


Desperate for tourism, hundreds of small towns across the U.S.A. claim the “world’s largest” something from 15-foot fiberglass strawberries to 40-foot concrete pheasants. Odd, funny and sometimes beautiful, the statues stand as testaments to the uniqueness and importance – the largeness – that all people feel, and need to feel, about their communities and their own existence. World’s Largest, a feature documentary, visits 58 such sites and profiles Soap Lake, Washington’s four-year struggle to build the World’s Largest Lava Lamp. By documenting these roadside attractions, World’s Largest captures the changing landscape of small-town America.



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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