Who made this humble-yet-sacred chalice such a ubiquitous part of our disposable world? And why'd they do it? Our film will find out. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 27, 2012.
About this project
Behold: The simple Red Solo Cup!
It's just a plastic cup used to fill (and probably spill) the beverage of your choice. But it's more than that: It's a timeworn receptacle used to mark life's milestones. Childhood pizza party! Clandestine high-school kegger! Awkward office holiday celebration!
Where did this anonymous, ubiquitous piece of our modern environment come from? It didn't evolve: The Red Solo cup is part of our world because someone -- many someones -- designed it, built it, and chose it. Who are those people? What is the chain of human individuals, and their decisions, behind the Red Solo Cup?
With "I, Party Cup" filmmaker John Pavlus (Slate, NPR, Wired, The New York Times) joins Grist in exploring the genealogy of the Red Solo Cup. Through interviews, investigation, and riveting head-to-head beer pong footage, he will fill in some of the family tree behind casual America's chalice of choice -- and take a glimpse forward at what happens to this goblet, and to us, when we throw it out.
Why? Well, because we’re curious. And maybe because the Red Solo Cup is a metaphor for the choices of our disposable past -- a lipstick-hued demonstration of a profound principle: Every choice we make (even the invisible ones) and every thing we bring into the world (even the completely mundane ones) has an impact. And everything about our world is built, decided, chosen -- not by anonymous, invisible "someones," but by you, me, and everyone we know.
What we'll use the money for:
Make it a double:*Your contribution to this documentary will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, in the form of a donation to Grist. A generous, anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $10,000 in contributions; so in addition to backing our project, you'll help us earn support for the crucial independent green news and advice Grist serves up year-round.
Additional Video Credits:
- Music by Kevin MacLeod
- Flickr images courtesy of scrunchleface, ro_buk, wonderlane, Victor1558, Rob Ireton, Patricia Murray.
- Archival footage courtesy of Prelinger Archives
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