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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... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Virginia Alexander ...
Don Anderson ...
Don Anderson - Crane Operator
Lee Houston ...
Lee Houston - Sweeper
Ivory Jackson Jr. ...
Ivory Jackson Jr.
Orange Jefferson ...
Orange Jefferson - Harmonica Player
Allison Orr ...
Allison Orr - Choreographer
Anthony Phillips ...
Anthony Phillips - Break Dancer
Sabine Soetanto ...


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." Written by Matt Johnston/Joel Heller

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We are avid documentary fans and this is one of the best we have ever seen.
11 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film made its Rochester NY premiere at the Dryden Theater of the George Eastman House last Friday evening. It was the first film shown in an annual Labor Series at the House that occurs over several weeks in the Fall and the showing was well attended. The audience response was enthusiastic judging from spontaneous clapping at the end. Personally, my husband and I thought it was one of the best documentaries we have ever seen and our other "picks" provide stiff competition for this designation. We thought the movie was brilliant from concept through editing. It challenged stereotypes by bringing the trash collectors and others such as the choreographer who participated to life in their fuller humanity, as well as creativity and commitment to a pretty "crazy" project. It told an amazing and true story in a thoroughly engaging way; it was fun and provocative at the same time. There are so many people we want to see this film when it becomes more generally accessible. Definitely needs to be on your "watch" list....

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