Film showing at SU this Thursday

A film about trash may not seem enticing, but a choreographer brings dance to the seemingly mundane job of trash collection.

“It gives people who may not often be recognized for the work they do a voice and a value,” said Jennifer Lee, development and communications director for the American Conservation Film Festival.

Shenandoah University and the film festival are partnering to show “Trash Dance,” a film choreographed by Allison Orr at at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the university’s Halpin-Harrison Hall’s Stimpson Auditorium.

“It’s a fast-moving, visually engaging, funny and moving film,” Lee said, “You come away feeling inspired and grateful.”

Lee said “Trash Dance” is about a choreographer who works with two dozen Austin sanitation workers to create a musical and physical performance.

“It speaks to the power of belief in one another, cooperation and determination,” she said, “The audience comes away with an appreciation for what we may often take for granted and makes us realize the importance of every job and every story.”

Emily Burner, university director of media relations, added, “Since our departments of environmental studies, mass communication and dance, as well as our Shenandoah Outdoor Adventure & Recreation program are interested in the topic of this film, we were excited for the opportunity to provide a venue for the Best of Fest screening.”

This film showing is free and open to the public.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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