With director Andrew Garrison, choreographer Allison Orr, and crane operator Don Anderson
SUNDANCE 6 | THUR NOV 8 | 11:00 AM | Q&A
SUNDANCE 5 | FRI NOV 9 | 2:30 PM | Q&A
Director: Andrew Garrison
Cinematographer: Andrew Garrison
Composer: Graham Reynolds
Editor: Angela Pires
Cast: Virginia Alexander, Don Anderson, Lee Houston, Ivory Jackson Jr., Orange Jefferson, Allison Orr, Anthony Phillips
Running time: 65 min.
Shot in Austin, Texas, Trash Dance shadows choreographer Allison Orr as she creates an unforgettable performance piece with garbage trucks and the men and women who pick up our trash.
Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Garrison travels with Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn and ultimately convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their stories are moving, engaging and sincere. After months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people arrive to see how in the world a garbage truck can dance. Garrison creates an inspiring, beautiful film detailing Orr’s innovative efforts to create a truly unique choreographic work.
The Austin American-Statesman notes, “With national discussions swirling around the one-percent versus the 99-percent, Garrison’s thoughtful, eloquent documentary illuminates the reality that all work matters and has dignity, no matter the invisibility of the labor.” The film won the Audience Award at the Silverdocs and Full Frame Documentary Film Festivals and Special Jury Recognition at SXSW.
Andrew Garrison is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, who works in both documentary and fiction. His past films include the documentary feature Third Ward TX (2007) and the narrative triptych The Wilgus Stories (2000), both of which premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS. Garrison’s work has earned him Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships, and his films have screened at Sundance, SXSW and the New York Film Festival.
Allison Orr was named Best Choreographer of 2003 and 2008 by the Austin Critics Table. Her most recent large-scale work, The Trash Project, was named the #1 Arts Event of 2009 by the Austin American-Statesman, the #1 Dance Event by the Austin Chronicle, and was awarded Most Outstanding Dance Concert of 2009 by the Austin Critics Table. Her work has been funded by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Austin Community Foundation, and the City of Venice, Italy.