Three months ago, Boalsburg native Molly Tait was asked to produce a documentary on Legos.
After working in the commercial and reality television business, the now-California girl said the documentary is taking her on an adventure around the world to tell a different story about the famed interlocking blocks.
“It’s basically about Lego being more than just a toy,” she said. “It’s a form of therapy and a tool for many things and an international language. Everyone around the world knows what these connectable bricks are.”
Tait said she’s working with Academy-Award winning and nominated directors Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson, and interviewing celebrities such as Trey Parker, of “South Park,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller of “21 Jump Street” and the upcoming “The Lego Movie” artist Nathan Sawaya and Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway scooter.
She said there are more celebrities taking part in the documentary who were not named.
Tait said the documentary follows a handful of people who were inspired by Lego:
• Sawaya — a Lego artist who has grown an international following;
• The daughter of immigrant farmworkers in Coachella Valley, Calif., who is using trigonometry to make Lego robots through the First Lego League;
• “Lego bomber” artists in both Taiwan and Germany, who place bricks in cracks of iconic historical structures;
• MIT scientists who use bricks to make prototypes;
• An ex-NASA scientist who won a Lego design contest this year by submitting a Mars rover model, which will now be added to the Lego line; and
• AFOLs attending conventions all of the country. AFOLs are “adult fans of Lego.”
Tait said the overall message of the documentary is to share the importance of creativity using Lego.
Tait, the daughter of farmer John Tait, of Tait Farms, grew up in Boalsburg. She said she constantly worked with her hands on the farm and built things like furniture and art projects in the wood and metal shops, or on her “Grammy’s” sewing machine.
“I think a lot about what that atmosphere did to establish a creative ‘I can try anything’ attitude that I remind myself not to lose on a daily basis,” she said. “What working on the Lego doc reminds me is that kids and adults all over the world who don’t have random 2-by-4s to hammer together, have a wonderful creative outlet with these simple plastic bricks.”
Tait said the deeper she dives into the world of Lego, the more amazed she is with the toy as a “conduit for ideas.”
“It’s therapeutic; it’s a tool; it’s an art medium; it’s a mode of social movements; it’s a passion,” she said. “So although I’m not a typical convention-going AFOL, I consider myself emerged from my dark ages, meaning the time from when I stopped playing with bricks as a kid to playing as an adult.”
She joked that she now has Lego bricks in the cup holders in her car and kits in her living room.
“I really hope the film is inspiring and fun,” Tait said.