An Ode To End-Of-Life -Objects In SCRAP
a film by Stacey Tenenbaum
WORLD PREMIERE at HOT DOCSSunday, May 1 – 2:00pm – Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto
Wednesday, May 4 – 11:00am – Cineplex Varsity 8, Toronto
Monday, May 2 – Saturday, May 7 – Canada-wide Online Streaming
Tickets and More Info Here The journey of junk ends in some surprising destinations.
Must a disposable society throw out its memories along with its unwanted possessions?
Director Stacey Tenenbaum tackles this question in her globe-trotting documentary Scrap which takes place in metal graveyards where “things like planes and ships and trains and trolleys all go to die.” But the stories she uncovers don’t necessarily end there. In Bangkok, Thailand, Fah Boonsoong lives with her family of seven adults and eight children in the fuselage of a scrapped jumbo jet, paying bills with the money tourists give them for taking pictures of the discarded planes she guards. In Spain, architect Tchely Hyung-Chul Shin oversees the dismantling of a cargo ship that will be used to build a modernist church in Seoul. South Dakota rancher and artist John Lopez makes stunning life-size sculptures of bison, tigers and other wildlife, from machine parts and found objects, while Tony Inglis restores discarded red phone booths into pricey objets d’art. Meanwhile, streetcar collector Ed Metka’s vintage streetcars are being sold to cities like Kenosha, Wisconsin that has 5 cars transporting tourists along their scenic lake route. Along the way, Scrap stops to consider our relationship to our discarded past. Destinations like Dean Lewis’s Old Car City USA in White, Georgia, “the world’s oldest junkyard,” has 90 years of combustion engine conveyances slowly being reclaimed by the Earth. And the disposable culture we’ve created has spawned eWaste recycling industries in places like Delhi, India, where millions of cell phones that were all once in someone’s pockets are scrapped. Scrap is an elegiac journey through the final resting spots of objects which have been discarded but still have stories to tell. “As I was making Scrap what really stood out for me was how attached people can become to things like ships, planes and trains,” says Director Stacey Tenenbaum. “All of the people in the film have strong emotions toward things that others might consider to be waste. The object might remind them of a specific person or a special time in their life or a particular event, so it has meaning as a result. “I feel that as our culture becomes more disposable, we are losing this connection we can have to things, our history, and each other. By showing the fate of the objects we use in the film, I hope that people will begin thinking about their own relationship to things around them and that they will be compelled to buy more things that are built to last and can be easily repaired, re-used, and restored.” Scrap is written, produced and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum, Executive Producer is Sergeo Kirby. Director of Photography is Katerine Giguére and Editor is Howard Goldberg. Original music created for the film is by Ramachandra Borcar. The production sound design is by Michel Gauvin. Scrap is produced by H2L Productions Inc and is a documentary Channel original production. The film will be released in Canada by Northern Banner Releasing. H2L Productions will be collecting used cell phones and tablets at festival and theatrical screenings. These will be donated to the Canadian National Institute of the Blind to help people with sight impairment navigate the world around them. Tax receipts are available for all Canadian cell phone and tablet donations.
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