Jasper Mall (2020)
October 23, 2020 12:01 PM - Subscribe

A year in the life of a dying shopping mall.

A documentary filmed in 2018 about a shopping mall in Jasper, Alabama that focuses much more on the people in the mall than the mall itself. It is streaming on Amazon Prime (in the US) and available to rent on other platforms.

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posted by Clinging to the Wreckage (2 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I really enjoyed this, but I also love Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb as documentary filmmakers so I'm biased anyway.

I like how it's not trying to make any grand statement about dying malls or middle America or anything. It's just showing these people and this environment for what it is. It's kind and empathetic. There are so many little moments that shine in this.
posted by edencosmic at 10:25 AM on October 24, 2020 [3 favorites]

It's kind and empathetic. This is exactly what I liked most.

The people were all interesting and the slowly closing mall was familiar because it looks just like so many other malls many of us have seen close down or sit nearly empty and somehow still open. I don't know the filmmakers from other things but this made me want to go look them up. After filming for a year they could have easily framed this to make the people, the town, or the mall look stupid or at fault. They came off as decent people living their lives and doing their best.

Mike McClelland really cares about that mall and the people in it. That was nice to watch.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 7:32 AM on October 26, 2020

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