With the movement of thousands of colorful cargo containers at the Port of Long Beach in the title sequence, “America Boxed In” is a documentary that takes a close look at how a simple steel box changed the planet for better and worse.
The production focused on the intermodal container industry was created by Salt Lake City filmmakers Casey and Ian Williams of Paradigm Motion Picture Company and Lance Hoovestal of LE7 Productions. It performs with three daily screenings at Cinemark at The Pike Outlets from August 26 to September 1, as part of a run for Oscar eligibility.
The filmmakers – who will be there to meet viewers after the Saturday, August 27 screening – said they were thrilled to make their theatrical premiere in downtown Long Beach, right next to the San Pedro Bay harbor complex, where key elements of the documentary were filmed. Long Beach and Los Angeles are home to the largest and most important port facilities in the United States and are central to the themes explored in the documentary.
The film explores the massive global impact of the intermodal container industry.
“The arrival of the shipping container turned the world into immediate neighbors,” a narrator says in the film’s trailer. “The connectivity that defines the 21st century has created a world where profound strategic, economic and political changes are on the horizon. Like the opening of Pandora’s box, we must now confront the most critical issue of our time: the consequences of globalization.
Since entering the film festival circuit in January, “American Boxed In” has screened at the 75th Cannes Film Festival and won 200 accolades at 165 festivals. Wins were won in several categories including: Best Picture, Best Documentary Feature, Best Social Awareness Film, Best Production, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Production Designer, Best Opening Credits, Best Trailer, Best Editing, Best Film Score, Best Sound and Best Sound Design.
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