World's Largest - A Documentary About Small Towns with BIG THINGS

The Basics

Desperate for tourism, hundreds of small towns across the U.S.A. claim the "world's largest" something from 15-foot fiberglass strawberries to 40-foot concrete pheasants. Odd, funny and sometimes beautiful, the statues stand as testaments to the uniqueness and importance - the largeness - that all people feel, and need to feel, about their communities and their own existence.

World's Largest, a feature documentary, visits 58 such sites and profiles Soap Lake, Washington's four-year struggle to build the World's Largest Lava Lamp. By documenting these roadside attractions, World's Largest captures the changing landscape of small-town America.

Recent News

4.12, 2012

World's Largest returns to Alabama on April 12th. See us in Birmingham at the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center. Filmmaker Amy C. Elliott will be in attendance.

3.24, 2012

World's Largest to screen at the historic Lindsay Community Theater in Lindsay, CA - home of the world's largest olive! March 24th, 7:30 PM ET.

3.15, 2012

Join us on Thursday, March 15th in Chapel Hill, NC at the Ackland Art Museum. Screenings begin at 7:00 p.m.

11.18, 2011

The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents World’s Largest at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

11.17, 2011

The Lucas Theater in Savannah even constructed the world's largest popcorn box for their screening of World's Largest! Come see it and the film on Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m.

11.15, 2011

World's Largest comes to Tupelo! Tues, Nov 15th • 7:00 p.m. • Black Box Theatre - Link Centre

11.14, 2011

See World's Largest at East Tennessee State University on Monday, November 14th at 7:00pm.

11.13, 2011

World's Largest in Sacramento with Movies on a Big Screen! Come see the show at the Historic Guild Theater on Sunday, November 13th at 7:30pm.

11.13, 2011

See World's Largest in Winder, GA at the Winder Cultural Arts Center. Sunday, November 13th.

11.10, 2011

See World's Largest in Montgomery, AL at the Capri Theater. Thursday, November 10th, 7:30 PM.

11.9, 2011

See World's Largest in Clemson, SC at the Clemson University. Wednesday, November 9th, 7:30 PM.

11.4, 2011

See World's Largest in Charleston, SC at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Friday, November 4th, 8:00 PM.

11.3, 2011

Join us on Thursday November 3rd in Thomasville, GA at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. Screening begins at 7:30pm.

11.2, 2011

World's Largest to screen Tuesday, Nov 1 at Western Carolina University 7:00 PM ET.

10.4, 2011

World's Largest available on DVD today! Available for download and on demand October 11th.

9.21, 2011

World's Largest to be included on The Southern Circuit Tour of of Independent Filmmakers, screening in various venues across the South from November 1st-18th.

2.1, 2011

World's Largest returns to Wisconsin February 18-19th at the Beloit Film Festival.

11.5, 2010

Tonight there will be an outdoor showing of World's Largest in downtown Mobile as part of the South Alabama Film Festival. And free moonpies! Cathedral Square after dark.

10.2, 2010

World's Largest at the Flyway Film Festival in Pepin, WI. Screening on October 24th.

9.20, 2010

World's Largest to screen at The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, October 23-24.

9.16, 2010

World's Largest comes to the Twin Cities! Minnesota (where about a third of the sites featured in our film come from) can see us again on September 29th and October 2nd at the Twin Cities Film Fest.

9.2, 2010

World's Largest at the CineSol Film Festival. Screening at the historic Cine El Rey in McAllen, TX on September 18-19.

8.11, 2010

World's Largest is heading back to the friendly shores of Iowa for the Landlocked Film Festival. Screenings are August 26th and 28th.

8.11, 2010

World's Largest at the Salt Lake City Film Festival. Screenings are at the Tower Theater, August 13th and 15th.

7.27, 2010

World's Largest in Iowa at the Hardacre Film Festival, August 7th

7.23, 2010

World's Largest to screen at the Free Range Film Festival (in a big old barn!), July 30th.

6.20, 2010

World's Largest to screen at the Indianapolis International Film Festival. July 20th and July 22nd at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

6.18, 2010

World's Largest in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Underground Film Forum's summer festival series. June 18th, outdoors at The Piazza in Northern Liberties. Free screening begins at 8:30 with live music before the film.

5.12, 2010

World's Largest to screen at the Chicago Underground Film Festival Friday June 25th at 6:00 pm and Tuesday June 29th at 8:00 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

2.4, 2010

World's Largest to premiere at 2010 SXSW Film Festival

Press Release

4.17, 2009

We are proud to announce that World's Largest received a grant from the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund.

We are also happy to have Kartemquin Films as our Fiscal Sponsor.

After four years, we are off the road.

The past year has been a whirlwind, with shoots in 14 states. Highlights include: the 1st annual Pheasant Forecast in Huron South Dakota, where a live pheasant was released under the giant statue to predict the hunting season's success; the party for Albert the Bull's 40th Birthday in Audubon, Iowa (where Albert actually blew out his own candle!); and the sighting of White Cloud, the rare albino buffalo, under the World's Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota.

In August 2007 we had our final shoot in Soap Lake, Washington. Check back for post-production updates soon.

- Amy and Liz