The Pez Outlaw

The Pez Outlaw

USA | 2022 | 87 min | Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel

April 14 - 24, 2022

You’ve heard of jewel-smuggling, but get a load of this stranger-than-fiction caper about Steve Glew, a small-town Michigan man who made millions smuggling Pez dispensers out of Eastern Europe … until the Pezident got wind of his scheme.

Directors Bryan Storkel and Amy Bandlien Storkel scheduled to attend.


Disguises, getaway cars, spies, betrayal, evil corporate overlords, secret societies, and mysterious duffle bags filled to the brim with…Pez dispensers. Arguably better than any entry in the recently trending true-crime and drug-doc category, The Pez Outlaw has all the engrossing elements and shifty characters you could ask for. And the best part? How absolutely bizarre and unbelievable this true story really is. This captivating documentary tells the tale of Steve Glew, aka The Pez Outlaw, an eccentric man from the Midwest who took his love of the popular plastic candy-dispenser toys to the next level. Based on a series of Steve’s blogs and peppered with in-depth interviews and archival footage, The Pez Outlaw covers Steve’s journey in the ’90s from small-time collector to literal millionaire. Follow the Outlaw’s trip to Eastern Europe to locate a top-secret Pez factory, his smuggling of the goods into the U.S., and his dealings on the toy black market before watching in horror as it all comes crashing down thanks to his bitter rival...the Pezident.

— Emalie Soderback

  • Director: Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel
  • Principal Cast: Steve Glew
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA, Austria
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 87 min
  • Producer: Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel
  • Cinematographers: Britton Foster
  • Editors: Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel, Evan Vetter
  • Music: Michael James Lee
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: SXSW 2022 (Special Jury Recognition)
  • Filmography: Storkel: Fight Church (2014), Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011) | Bandlien Storkel: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP