Jasper Mall (2020)

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If you grew up in shopping malls in the 80s and 90s, then be prepared to get nostalgic and depressed when you watch Jasper Mall (2020). Documentary filmmakers Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb follow around a group of mall workers and patrons at a dying mall in Jasper, Alabama. It's hard not to laugh at the tragedy of it all, but the filmmakers cast an empathetic eye on their subjects as they contemplate with hope and despair on the future of this once booming mall. As their former shoppers have retreated to Walmart and into their homes to order on Amazon.com, we're left with a haunting portrait of a mostly vacant shopping mall and the few people that roam its corridors. The film would make for a cringeworthy and depressing double feature with another good 2020 documentary film about death in America called Some Kind of Heaven (2020) which covers occupants of the retirement community at The Villages, Florida.

Jasper Mall is a 2020 documentary film directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb. It revolves around the Jasper Mall, a dying mall in Jasper, Alabama.

The film often revolves around Mike McClelland, a former zookeeper, who serves as the mall's superintendent and works in a security and caretaking role. The mall, which opened in 1981, has recently lost two of its anchors, K-Mart and JC Penney. As a result, foot traffic has declined and the parking lot is often barren. The only remaining anchor store is Belk and according to one shopper, ?If Belk goes, we are in deep woo-woo.?

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