Andrew Garrison, USA, 2012, 65 mins
San Francisco Premiere. In celebration of UN World Environment Day 2013. In person: Andrew Garrison
When choreographer Allison Orr finds inspiration, beauty and grace in garbage trucks, cranes and in the men and women who collect our trash, she embarks on one her biggest creative challenges. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she spends months immersing herself in the unexpected community of Austin's sanitation workers to observe and learn about their daily routes and the demands of working in this field. Met with initial skepticism, Orr ultimately convinces them to collaborate in a dance performance. Beyond the months of rehearsal, we observe a very touching story, one that puts a human face on these trash collectors who often get overlooked in society. Many of these hard-working men and women have second jobs to make ends meet coupled with family demands and dreams of their own. What results is the performance of their lives - an event unlike any you've ever seen before, with thousands of spectators who show up on an abandoned airport runway. An Audience Winner both at the Full Frame and Silverdocs Festivals, this film leaves no doubt that garbage trucks, cranes and trash bins can dance. ~ Daniela Rible"
With short film Hot & Bothered.
Sponsored by Recology and Wells Fargo. Co-Presented with SF Dance Film Festival.