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TONIGHT: Trashy Movie Night 2

From: Sowmya
Sent on: Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:56 PM
Trashy Movie Night 2
Sponsored by (­) 
and Times Up! (http://times-up.o...­)

Join us for a look at the vast quantities of 
garbage generated by our overconsumptive culture, 
the politics of disposable packaging, and how 
some of the world's poorest people survive by 
recovering reusable and recyclable goods from 
urban waste.  Afterwards, a panel of the 
filmmakers will answer audience questions about their films.

When: Thursday, September 27, 2007, 8PM
Where: Times Up!, 49 East Houston Street between 
Mott and Mulberry Streets. R/W to Prince, 6 to 
Bleecker, B, D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette.

Tossed and Found (44 minutes)
A Film by Donald Blank
Documentary. Urban "Scavengers". Street People. 
Homeless, New York. Survival, New York City. 
Recycling and the Homeless. Jorge, Tom, Joe are 
among many street people engaged in "street 
entrepreneurship" -- living off the goods 
discarded by others or the odds and ends 
available -- the modern urban scavenger. They 
retrieve everything from toys to scrap metal in 
this itinerant trade. A fascinating study of 
modern urban survival and individual ingenuity. 
Notes: Among those interviewed also include 
Philip [a street book vendor and 'Hubcap' Joe 
[who runs a thriving business built on auto 
hubcaps picked up on the streets and freeways 
around Brooklyn]. A film by Donald Blank.

60 Kilos (20 mins)
A Film by Vishal Bhargava & Bharati Chaturvedi, ? 2006
60 kilos explores how policy intended to improve 
cities actually impacts the livelihoods of the 
poor in fundamental ways. It uses waste as an 
entry point and examines the interplay of 
widespread corruption, poverty, privatization of 
municipal services and criminalization of the 
informal recycling sector in Delhi , India. It 
was mostly shot earlier this year in one of 
Delhi?s so called ?most dangerous neighburhoods? 
and challenges many given ideas about development and the poor.

No Child in Trash
A Film by Bharati Chaturvedi

Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage (19 minutes)
A film by Heather Rogers
Gone Tomorrow explores the history and politics 
of garbage, a substance both hidden and 
omnipresent. In 1998, each American dumped 1,600 
pounds of refuse, and our mountains of trash get 
bigger every year. To investigate the roots of 
our waste addicted culture, this 19-minute 
documentary excavates the history of garbage 
handling from the 1800s to the post-WWII golden 
era of consumption and up through the 
contradictions of modern day recycling. Using 
interviews, scenes from massive dumps, and an 
array of obscure and beautiful archival footage, 
this film uncovers the links between modern 
industrial production, consumer culture, and our 
disposable lifestyle. The film is serious yet 
wryly humorous; and while its subject is ugly, 
its images and rhythm foreground the 
unintentional beauty of production, waste, and 
the stories our culture tells about both. Most of 
all, the film attempts to answer the question: 
why do we produce so much trash and what can be done about it?


Donald Blank has worked in all phases of 
documentary film editing. In 1994, he produced 
WIRED, an 11-minute documentary about homeless 
New York City artist Thai Varick. Most recently. 
Mr. Blank currently resides in New York City.

Bharati Chaturvedi is environment and development 
practitioner and writer with over 13 years of 
experience in working at identifying 
developmental issues, particularly in solid waste 
and recycling practices, building grassroots and 
other partnerships with a range of stakeholders 
and writing in leading newspapers and journals to 
raise awareness, advocating with key stakeholders 
to influence policy making and organizing 
replicable models on the ground for sustainable 
urban poverty combating measures and livelihood 
opportunities. She writes regularly for leading 
newspapers on issues around urban environment and 
sustainable development. She is the founder and 
director if  the founder and Director of a 
Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, 
an organization that focuses on issues of urban 
poverty, consumption, and sustainable livelihoods 
for the informal sector in the context of urban poverty.

Heather Rogers is an independent journalist, 
author and filmmaker. Her book, Gone Tomorrow: 
The Hidden Life of Garbage (The New Press, 2005), 
followed her 2002 documentary film by the same 
title. Her journalism has appeared in 
publications including the New York Times 
Magazine, The Nation, Utne Reader, the Brooklyn Rail, and Z Magazine.

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