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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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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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Leave Your Trucks On
Written & Performed by Graham Reynolds
Published by Rickety Fence Music (ASCAP)
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Wonderful and engaging documentary
15 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

if you haven't watched this, I would recommend it. Just watched on PBS. I didn't think much about it but after about 10 minutes I knew I wanted to see it to the end. Allison Orr immersed herself into the world of the trash men and women. She got to know them as individual people. She listened to them. Really listened. And taking what she learned, she created a magical moment using the tools of their trade. This piece pulls you in and completely alters your view of the people who are seen everyday in all our lives and yet never known. The enormous trucks and a lone crane create a dance. A real dance. Allison Orr is a genius and such a real and engaged young woman, the men and women she enlisted to do this project found her impossible to dismiss.

By getting to know the people, really know them, she took their fears away and brought out the best in each of them. One man was a dancer. Another a harmonica player and the crane solo (yes, I said crane- not a bird but a piece of heavy equipment) was the icing on the cake.

On a rainy day in Austin, the number of people who wanted to see the performance was so large that some had to be turned away.

And the musical score-perfection. Great film. And yes, I hope they do "Keep Austin Weird."


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