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American Waitress, New Mexico (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 April 2002 (USA)
This documentary examines a cross-section of women working in the food-service industry, exploring their lives on-the-job and off.


Vanessa Vassar


Vanessa Vassar




Credited cast:
Lillian Beams Lillian Beams ... Herself
Sonya Fairbanks Sonya Fairbanks ... Herself
Sherry McElwan Sherry McElwan ... Herself
Karen Webb Karen Webb ... Herself


AMERICAN WAITRESS, new mexico is a documentary feature film that examines the lives, attitudes, perceptions and experiences of waitresses. But it is not just a film about waitresses. It is a film about life, about social structures, about human nature. The film reveals the human side of this service industry through interviews with waitresses, restaurant employees and customers and explores in-depth the personal lives of four of these waitresses. We go home with them and out with them-- to tattoo parlors, bars, motorcycle shops, mountaintops, welding classes and even hunting. American Waitress, new mexico uncovers a very human dimension to these individuals and by inference, to all those among us who while in uniform, practice the art of service with a smile. Will we ever perceive our friendly food server in the same way again? Not likely. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Backseat Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Six songs from the CD "Craving Astonishment" by Vanessa Vassar's band PHONOROID provide the soundtrack for this documentary. See more »


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Great documentary, on what it takes to be a waitress
5 November 2010 | by thunderpants16See all my reviews

If you like documentaries, short films, food channel..then you will love The American waitress. I thoroughly enjoyed this short film about the world of waitresses from the 1st minute. They ask the million dollar question which is what does it take to be a waitress from different workers from all walks of life and restaurants and get funny introspective answers from them all.

You will definitely get much more appreciation for people working in the restaurants, for me I always have high regards for them...much more even so than teachers because they serve people and have to do it with a smile regardless.

There are many humorous accounts and tales from the waitresses that left me laughing...like one who explained the quirks and demands of some customers: " uhhmm I want a glass of water, no ice and make sure to bring a straw. And also a lemon. Then her friend says, that sounds good...I'll have one too." Like it's some kind of drink.

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