This is it. I'm thrilled to say TRASH DANCE will have its world premiere at SXSW on Saturday March 10, at 1:30 at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Thank you to all of you who have helped get us here. And thank you to those who are stopping by to check this out.
What is it?
If you are just discovering this site, TRASH DANCE is a feature documentary about the collaboration between choreographer, Allison Orr and employees of the Dept of Solid Waste Services, to make a dance performance.
Orr saw grace and beauty in the movements of the sanitation workers and their trucks, and spent a year riding out with trash collectors--listening and talking--to rally the skeptical trash collectors to perform in an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers and their trucks--inspired an audience of thousands
With humor and real feeling the film introduces the people who decided to step up and participate--bringing their skill and time to this piece of public art. The award-winning performance changed how people saw them and their work, and changed their own understanding of the beauty of their work.
Why more support?
I am returning for your help through Kickstarter because I need to raise the final funds for completion. There has been a ton of work going into the completion of this beautiful film--long hours by me, my incredible editor Angela Pires, my amazing sound editing team, Sound Designer Tom Hammond, colorist Jaime Cano, as well as a web designer, print designer, a professional publicist, and 18 students in a producing class at the University of Texas who adopted the film launch as a study model. As of this writing the mix is done, color correction is nearly complete, titles are underway, we're putting fine touches on the web page, putting together the press package and posters, and trying to make sure as many of the Solid Waste Services employees and their families who want to be at the premiere can be there. And we are continuing to reach out to international, national and regional festivals. So the completion of the film also means paying for festival entries, music rights, composer's fees, the mix, mastering, designing a DVD and packaging, making HDCAM tapes for festival screenings ($100 each for just the price of the tape), printing posters and cards, and so on.
I hope you will be excited by this little taste of the film and want to see more. I hope you will also tell your friends about the film. I know it is a film that will move you and make you think differently about dance and daily work. I also believe the film could become a valuable tool for communities that want to bring attention to their own public employees and the vital role of art and work.
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