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NEVER ENOUGH: Do you own your stuff? Or does it own you?
Do we own our things, or do they own us? NEVER ENOUGH probes our connection with the material world through three examples of people who have intimate relationships with their stuff.
Michele Gitlin lives in a small Manhattan apartment with 700 sweaters and 2,000 men's ties. In touch with the acute pain as well as the pleasure of over-collecting, she calls Ron Disaster Master Alford for help.
Ron, a self-schooled de-cluttering expert who has coined the term disposophobia and believes that clutter begins in the head, and ends up on the floor, comes over and determines that Michele is a hoarder with a rating of 8 (out of ten) on his clutter index.
We follow Ron as he visits David Guess, a retired marine in Florida who collected 7,800 beanie babies as an investment opportunity. It becomes clear David is depressed and that finding a bargain makes him feel better. His collecting threatens his marriage, but he begins to realize that consumption may not be the way to happiness.
Jay Helfenbein, a manic depressive, has to navigate narrow trails to get around his Brooklyn apartment. Jay's collecting got out of control when his parents died and his social world became the Home Shopping Network operators, who knew him by name and referred to him as a very good customer even though he clearly had a problem.
In an alternately humorous and dramatic approach, NEVER ENOUGH is a thought-provoking meditation on material culture, consumerism, mental illness and the social fabric of our lives.