San Francisco Green Fest 2022

Do I Need This? & The New Environmentalists (+Q&As)

Expired April 25, 2022 6:59 AM
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Do I Need This? is a documentary film about American excess, and the stuff from which happiness is truly made.

This timely, humorous, and moving film delicately interweaves the filmmaker’s complicated relationship to her family possessions, together with a journey into the homes and minds of her fellow Americans - from a hoarder to a Buddhist monk and a colorful group of characters in between. On the surface, it is a joy ride through American excessive consumption habits; at its core, it is a deep and genuine reflection on aging, family, and happiness.

While the film is motivated by the filmmaker’s concern for the dire environmental challenges facing our planet, the focus is not on human consumers’ impact on nature, but instead on our human nature to consume.

Using humor, quirky and engaging characters, and no preaching, Do I Need This pushes viewers to think beyond today, beyond the instant gratification of walking away with a shopping bag or carload of stuff and to look at the impacts of our endless world of purchases, on ourselves as well as on our planet.

Preview Screening

  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Kate Schermerhorn
  • Producer
    Kate Schermerhorn, Vicente Franco
  • Cinematographer
    Vicente Franco