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Garbage Man

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A depressed sanitation worker’s worst fears come true when a curse from a raccoon threatens to turn him into a literal garbage man.

Director’s Statement

I’d rather let the audience make up their own minds as to what a story is about. But… depression. It’s about depression. Probably. I don’t know. Maybe it’s about raccoons. They’re kind of dicks. I just know that, however silly this movie might seem, it’s very close to my heart. I grew up idolizing the garbage man. I wanted to ride the back of the truck, and heave around smelly things, and be adored by kids like myself. So far my life’s gone in a different direction, but I wanted to pay tribute in a small way to the people that keep our lives running and don’t get nearly enough credit. Many people, myself often included, feel trapped by the circumstances of their lives. The impulse behind telling this weird little story is to see what happens when you take the accumulated mental garbage that threatens to bury us all, and make it literal.

There are always too many to thank. Movies, even short ones, are surprisingly hard to make. But I want to thank the CBC, Telefilm Canada, SIM Digital, PS Production Services and most of all to the producers, filmmakers and everyone involved in the the Short Film Faceoff, for making this film possible. Their support of short films and Canadian filmmakers brings a beacon of hope to all of us attempting to climb the trash heap of artistic aspiration.

This film was made possible with the generous support from those institutions above as a prize for winning the Short Film Faceoff with a prior short film, In Passing. If you like short films, check out the show, and support their support.


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