TELLURIDE – Bag It, Telluride’s home-grown documentary about how ubiquitous plastic is in our lives, has been named winner of the Best of Festival award at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, in Monterey, Calif.
“We are totally surprised,” said Bag It director Suzan Beraza. “We were up against the likes of National Geographic, BBC, Disney and Discovery, so we didn't have high expectations.”
BLUE Ocean Film Festival, presented by Monterey Bay Aquarium, announced its 2010 winners on Monday. BLUE is a one-of-a-kind industry and community event bringing together films, filmmakers and leaders in ocean research and conservation.
Last year’s winner, The Cove, went on to win the Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.
Bag It is also a feature length documentary. It profiles "average guy" Jeb Berrier as he undertakes a global pilgrimage to explore our plastic world and understand our addiction to supposedly disposable items.
“I'm thrilled to win this award, and hope it helps spread the word about plastics in our oceans,” said Berrier.
Beraza and Bag It Producer, Michelle Hill, have been touring California screening the film as part of an effort to raise awareness for the proposed state ban on plastic bags at convenience and grocery stores.
“We’ve been really well received everywhere we go. People are ready to know the truth about plastic, and they’re excited to make changes,” said Hill.
Bag It is still searching for the right distributor. Beraza hopes the most recent award will help get this film to theaters across the country.
Other awards for Bag It include: Best Documentary Audience Award, Ashland Independent Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Mountainfilm; Audience Award Second Place, Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
Starz Denver Film Festival and San Diego Film Festival are next on the Bag It tour.
To watch the Bag It trailer, learn more about the film or to join the Bag It community, visit: www.bagitmovie.com.