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7 October 2021

Where do I sign up?

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “The Field Trip” - 12 mins 30s

"Why does life have to be so complicated?" The answer to this question eludes most adults, let alone fifth graders, and this low-key documentary shows how quickly American children are thrust into uncertainty. Co-directed by Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie, and Rodrigo Ojeda Beck, the film depicts a class trip to BizTown - a real-life job simulator.

There are interesting dynamics at work/play here as some take their roles more seriously than others, e.g. chief financial officer Michael at the gas and electric company. He may have a knack for commerce, but his people skills need work ("Were you paying attention in class?").

Elsewhere, the animal shelter's finance director is haunted by the Windows XP error noise. It's enough to trigger PTSD in some older viewers, as memories of lost presentations and reports come flooding back.

Yet it's the cultish ending that unnerves the most, with tired youngsters told to repeat the phrase, "We are bright, we are talented, and we can do anything". Coupled with a burst of 'The Star-Spangled Banner', this is a capitalist trip to remember.

Director: Meghan O'Hara / Mike Attie / Rodrigo Ojeda Beck
Colourist: J. Cody Baker @ Company 3 Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Timothy Day

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