As part of the Let’s Talk Trash series, Metro challenged local filmmakers to create short films about garbage:
- Where does garbage go once it leaves the curb? Where should it go?
- What happens to garbage?
- How can or could technology affect garbage?
- What does garbage do for us? Or what could it do?
Five films will be featured at this free event. The audience will pick the winning entry, which will receive the top prize is $500.
The five films to be featured, each under 10 minutes, are:
- “Garbage Days,” a film by David Wester that illustrates the role of consumerism and discarded packaging on our economy and our waste stream.
- “Meet the Freegans,” a film by Travis Shields that follows the story of Steve, a well-educated, professional, home-owning Portland man who sees value in eating food from dumpsters.
- “Rubbish Removal,” a film by Marissa J. Thompson that tells the story of a man who has no idea of the mess he’s leaving behind.
- “Talking Trash,” a film by Levi Anderson describing where the Metro region’s trash ends up and its effects on rural Oregon communities.
- “There is No Away,” by Suzan Beraza that follows someone who tries to unravel the complexities of where trash goes and whether or not recycling is all that it’s cracked up to be.
The event will include a discussion with the filmmakers about their films and what they learned about garbage: where it goes, what becomes of it, and what it can do for us. It will also include a question-and-answer period with the audience.