Trashy Movie Night 2
Sponsored by Freegan.info (http://freegan.in...)
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?
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
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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