Down in Austin, South By Southwest (SXSW) -- the massive festival encompassing film, music and interactivity -- is in full swing. And having its world premiere Saturday night was an unconventional film with a unique waste industry appeal. “Trash Dance,” a documentary by director Andrew Garrison, follows choreographer Allison Orr as she attempts to put on a dance recital starring a fleet of garbage trucks and their drivers.
The synopsis from the film’s website:
Sometimes inspiration can be found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can “dance.”
You can view a teaser for the film here:
Keep watching waste360 for more on “Trash Dance” soon!