“Ready, Set, Bag!” HD Trailer from Ensemble Pictures on Vimeo.

Documentaries about Scrabble (Word Wars) and the Scripps National Spelling Bee (Spellbound) well exceeded our expectations, which is why we have high hopes for Ready, Set, Bag! about a national grocery bagging competition. (Yup, there’s a contest for that, too.) The film focuses on eight state champions—mostly teens and twentysomethings with unfathomably sunny dispositions—who head to Las Vegas for the three-day event. We’re rooting for home-schooled Ohio boy Ryan.

Though the movie made its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008, it opens in Seattle this week at Central Cinema, screening August 6-11, with director/producer Justine Jacob leading a Q&A after Friday night’s screening. It travels to the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham on August 14. Portions of Ready, Set, Bag! ticket sales go to food banks across the country; locally, $1 from each ticket will be donated to local nonprofit Food Lifeline.

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