2021, NR, US, Documentary, 105 minutes
Director and Producer: Scott Gawlik
Table setting: For most of us, it’s a chore. But for some, it’s a sport. Once a year, a group of highly competitive table setters vie for the Best of Show ribbon at the Orange County Fair competition, often referred to as “the Olympics of table setting.” From taxidermic monkeys to table reveal parties, eccentric personalities and old rivalries come to a head as contestants spend months preparing their tables… only to be penalized by a misplaced dessert fork.
But Set! explores topics far beyond the silverware. It shows the extent to which a hobby can become a passion, which can then provide a purpose. It explores the reasons we make art and how sharing one’s creative vision, however terrifying that may be, ultimately makes a person stronger.