On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
[TRAILER] An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the "gleaners" range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda's amusing narration. [more inside]
[TRAILER] A 2009 American experimental film written and directed by Harmony Korine. Shot on worn VHS home video, the film features a "loser-gang cult-freak collective" living in Nashville, Tennessee. The gang of elderly individuals masturbates to trash, a motif that recurs throughout the film. The characters participate in a variety of depraved and unpleasant activities. [more inside]
[TRAILER] In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll. The resulting commercial product tapped into the international kid zeitgeist. Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more. [more inside]
[TRAILER] Favio Chavez guides the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. A documentary in Spanish by Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley. [more inside]
[TRAILER] A group of hobos begin melting into multicolored piles of goo after drinking tainted sixty-year-old liquor. At the same time, the psychotic Vietnam War vet who rules the hobo camp snaps and begins killing at random. Two brothers set out to stop the liquor and the killer. [more inside]
[TRAILER] A group of impoverished misfits inhabiting a Japanese landfill have experiences that are alternately joyful and disheartening. Young, disabled Roku-chan (Yoshitaka Zushi) spends his days in a fantasy world where he is the captain of an imaginary train, while his mother, Okuni (Kin Sugai), remains in constant prayer, rarely venturing out of her shanty. A homeless man and his child lovingly envision every detail of the home they wish they had money to build, and a mute girl has a tragic encounter. [more inside]