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Still from the film featuring a puppet and various items of plastic trash.

Plastic Bag Store: The Film

In partnership with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), the Aquarium of the Pacific is presenting Plastic Bag Store: The Film.

Plastic Bag Store: The Film

In partnership with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), the Aquarium of the Pacific is presenting Plastic Bag Store: The Film.

Still from the film featuring a puppet and various items of plastic trash.

Plastic Bag Store: The Film Courtesy of Robin Frohardt

The film is a screen adaptation of The Plastic Bag Store installation and immersive experience which premiered in New York’s Times Square in Fall 2020 and will open to the public in LA on June 30.

The Plastic Bag Store project aims to employ puppetry, humor, craft, and a critical lens to explore how the massive amounts of plastic waste might be interpreted by future generations. The installation features rotisserie chickens, cupcakes, and sushi, among the thousands of other hand-sculpted items—all made from discarded plastic bags. Plastic Bag Store: The Film transforms the installation into a dynamic series of stories that traverse ancient history, the present day and a future dystopia.

Frohardt describes The Plastic Bag Store as “a visually rich and humorous experience that hopefully encourages a different way of thinking about the foreverness of plastic, the permanence of the disposable, and that there is no ‘away’ when we throw something out. There is great humor to be found in the pitfalls of capitalism–humor and satire can be powerful tools for social criticism, especially with issues that feel too sad or overwhelming to confront directly.”

Post-show discussion with artist Robin Frohardt, immediately following the screening.

www.plasticbagstore.org

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$17 public
$15 Aquarium members

Stills from the Film

About the Filmmakers

Robin Frohardt is an award-winning artist, puppet designer, and director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her performance and puppetry-based work has been presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse and HERE in New York City, as well as national venues, including the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts and the NEXTNOW Festival in Maryland. Frohardt’s films have been screened at the Telluride Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Maritime Film Festival at the Parish Museum and Puppets on Film Festival at BAM. Her original play The Pigeoning, which debuted in 2013 and was hailed by the New York Times as “a tender, fantastical symphony of the imagination,” continues to tour in the United States and abroad, and has been translated into German, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. She has received a Creative Capital Award and a DisTil Fellowship from Carolina Performing Arts for The Plastic Bag Store. She has been the recipient of Made In NY Woman’s Fund Grant Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Plastic Bag Store was created by Robin Frohardt with original music by Freddi Price. Performed by Nick Lehane, Admiral Grey, Rowan Magee, Andy Manjuck, and Emma Wiseman featuring Tyler Gunther. Director of Photography Robert Kolodny. Sound Design Lawrence Everson with additional sound by Chaid Raines. Produced by Caitlin Mae Burke and Robin Frohardt. Executive Producers Linda Brumbach and Alisa E. Regas. Production Management by Pomegranate Arts, Production Manager Jeremy Lydic, General Manager Rachel Katwan.

Plastic Bag Store: The Film was commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance with additional support by the Adelaide Festival, Times Square Arts and Pomegranate Arts. Funds for Plastic Bag Store: The Film provided in part by the James A. Doolittle Endowment.

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$17 public
$15 Aquarium members
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(562) 590-3100
Ages
Recommend for ages 12+