See the films and vote for the winner on Nov. 10
Five finalists have been selected in Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash Film Contest. Metro invites you to watch the films at a free gala event on Monday, Nov. 10. All audience members will then be invited to cast their vote for best film. The winning filmmaker will take home $500.
The contest, announced over the summer, challenged local filmmakers of all ages and skill levels to tell stories that showcase the role trash plays in our everyday lives and ideas for what we can do with garbage in the future.
The films to be featured and voted on, each less than 10 minutes in length, include:
- “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.
The gala will take place in the Miller Gallery at the Portland Art Museum. A reception with the filmmakers will begin at 6 p.m. and the gala will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public.
Let’s Talk Trash is a series of events designed to engage residents around the region in discussions about where our garbage goes and how the region can best manage its garbage in the future.