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An inspiring film about dance, creativity, and dirty work. 16 trash trucks, 24 performers on a abandoned airstrip  Austin, TX
An inspiring film about dance, creativity, and dirty work. 16 trash trucks, 24 performers on a abandoned airstrip Austin, TX
281 backers pledged $10,428 to help bring this project to life.

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TRASH DANCE Still Making Waves + New Film!

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Dear TRASH DANCE supporters,

There's news about TRASH DANCE, but first, I want to let you know that I am making a new FICTION film, LA AFORTUNADA/THE LUCKY ONE, set on the Texas-Mexico border.  We'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign  on February 1. Look for an announcement soon!

TRASH DANCE exists because you helped.  Remarkably, it is still wowing audiences in festivals and special screenings, besides being available online and by DVD.  In February it will be shown at the Hong Kong Art Centre!  On January 7 it was shown as part of the Contact Dance Film Festival in Portland, OR.  Here's what choreographer and festival director, Jamey Hampton said:

You had us laughing, crying, in awe, touched by the humor and humanity of it. Allison is an amazing artist. I have never seen anyone do what she does. Our audience cheered when the film ended. They were genuinely moved....Everyone loved it. Thank you so much for letting us screen it. It was an honor.

Thanks, Jamey, and thanks to you all for helping make this happen.

Andrew Garrison

TRASH DANCE coming to PBS in January!


More info coming soon.

Best, Andrew

TRASH DANCE now on iTunes!


Hi, again, Trash Dancers

Your support has really gone far. Farther than I ever imagined.  Trash Dance has played in outdoor screenings in Durham, NC, Napa, CA, and the Port of Jaffa in Israel; festivals in Port Townsend, WA, Rockport, TX, Antigonish, Canada, and Atlanta, GA; made an impact in Warsaw; screened at Lincoln Center;  was selected to represent American culture abroad;   and actually got a raise for the truck operators in Austin!  

And now Trash Dance is available, everywhere, on iTunes! Please use any means you can to let people know.  While you are at it, please go to the iTunes site and give it a good rating.  (  Without your initial decision to support the film, these things would never have happened.  You have helped to make this film.  Please tell your friends about Trash Dance on iTunes.

Best wishes,



Hi, Kickstarters-

"Thrilling, exuberant...sublime."  Did you see The Washington Post review of TRASH DANCE?  You can read the whole thing here. 

TRASH DANCE is now available on DVD.  As an additional "thank you" to you all, you can get the new DVD at a 20% discount for a limited time.   Click here (or, follow the directions and then use the promo code, .  And yes, you may pass that promo code along to friends.

I am also selling the DVD for non-ticketed, public performance rights included--for schools, businesses, union locals, municipalities.  The higher rate for the public performance edition, tiered for different organizational budgets, is one of the few ways an independent film/DIY distributor can pay back the expenses of the film.  I am happy to explain all that to anyone who cares to hear about it.  Write to me.  But if you are a teacher or someone in public works or with a non-profit, you can get a 20% discount on the Educational/Institutional Edition by clicking on the appropriate link below.

for Universities, Businesses, Municipalities and Institutions

 for Grass Roots Organizations and Union Locals (under $400K/year)

 for K-12 Classrooms or Public Libraries

Many thanks,

Andrew Garrison

Let Them Know!

Okay I really need your help now.  We got a great review in the New York Times:

We've got a super new trailer:

But NOW I need you to tell your friends what an amazing experience this film is.  It is really the only way Trash Dance  will succeed in theatrical release.  Two more nights in New York at the reRun theater, 147 Front Street, in Brooklyn (DUMBO)

And then, Starting Friday, it comes to AUSTIN! Here is a flyer for New York and one for Austin.  Please copy them and spread the word. 



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