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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Closed Captions
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Art & Design
Sports & Recreation
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Scott Gawlik
Producer(s):Scott Gawlik
Editor(s):Scott Gawlik
Cinematography:Jon Salmon


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Artscapes: Creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking

A properly set table should demonstrate which fork and glass go with which course and eliminate all stress from a guest. Competitive table setting, or tablescaping, however, piles it on and throws in some seething frenemy vibes just for fun. Filmmaker Scott Gawlik taps into California's cut-throat tablescaping scene to reveal the meticulous insanity that goes into winning Best in Show at the Orange County Fair. With 22 years under her napkins, "the Veteran" Bonnie doesn't break a wine stem over Tim "the Dreamer," Janet "the Collector," or the politically (in)sensitive tables of Hilarie "the Artist" (think taxidermy and rotting garbage), because everyone from pool aerobics team "The Water Babes" to "Mother and Daughter" duo Marie and Christel knows that the only butter knife to beat is "Defending Champion" Crystal. No matter if you can't tell a charger from a saucer to save your flatware—sit back and enjoy the irresistible fun of Set! Myrocia Watamaniuk

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  • Toronto Star - "Welcome to the world of competitive table-setting"
  • CTV News - The Competitive World of Table Setting - Set! documentary covers California table place setting competition
  • POV Magazine - INTERVIEW with director Scott Gawlik 

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