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Trash Dance


Sometimes inspiration is 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. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try 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."


Director(s): Andrew Garrison

Executive Producer(s): Charlotte Herzele

Producer(s): Andrew Garrison

Cinematographer: Andrew Garrison

Editor(s): Angela K. Pires

Sound Designer: Tom Hammond

Music: Graham Reynolds

Additional Credits: Additional Photography: Deb Lewis, Steve Mims, Nancy Schiesari, Keith Wilson, JeeHyun Dong

Director Bio


Andrew Garrison is an award-winning film director who works in documentaries and fiction. His documentary feature, "Third Ward TX", and his narrative, "The Wilgus Stories", both premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS.


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