Directed by: Andrew Garrison
Total Runtime: 68 min
Country of Origin: United States
Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Audience Award, AFI SilverDocs; Special Jury Recognition, SXSW.
“A warm thank you to those whose work is mostly invisible and entirely necessary.”
(Q&A with filmmaker and sanitation workers after the screening)
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash without fail. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows her from the first stages of her idea to the final live performance. She rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes, first as an observer, and then to pitch her performance idea: an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks will deliver a stunningly beautiful performance in front of an audience of thousands, who are awed to discover how a garbage truck can “dance.” Though at first, the sanitation workers are skeptical of Orr and her work, as they collaborate together, they eventually discover the power in Orr’s vision, and what ensues is a performance that no one will ever forget.