Your average American, Gary uploads snippets of his family’s everyday life onto YouTube, from the purchase of a new iPhone to a vacation in New York City. Stumbling upon the amateur footage—some 100 hours of it, in fact—Dean Fleischer-Camp decided to create a conceptual documentary about the pitfalls of modern consumerism. The results are stunning.
With editor Jonathan Rippon, Fleischer-Camp has painstakingly constructed the narrative of a family living beyond its means in order to have it all and spiraling into out-of-control debt. When Gary and his wife launch an audacious attempt to wipe the slate clean, children in tow, we’re left with a shocking portrait of the fading American dream—as well as unanswered questions about the boundaries between reality and fiction, as shaky as Gary’s own camerawork.
Director Dean Fleisher-Camp and filmmaker Mike Plante (The Polaroid Job) in person
Producer: Riel Roch-Decter, Sebastian Pardo | Editor: Jonathan Rippon