"The Landfill" is a short film directed by Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit, produced as part of the Focus Forward Films three-minute film initiative. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
What if we could change the way we think about garbage, from something to be disposed of to something to be harvested? "The Landfill" shows the beauty and potential of the stuff we throw away.
Set against the backdrop of one of the world's busiest harbors, "Tugs" is an ode to the hardest working boats on the waterways and the people who pilot them. Once filled with scally wags and salty dogs, the marine towing industry in New York City has matured, but the traditions of family, community and hard work persevere. Lyrically realized, "Tugs" admires the legacy and longevity of the boats and the strength of their position in the country's history and future.
"Tugs" premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, and also screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Silverdocs, and many others.
In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen criss-crossed the nation, schlepping heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. Today, with only a handful of deliverymen left in the country, the siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don't turn like they used to. Most of the old customers have passed on (or moved to Florida). But there are still bubbles being made by third generation seltzer filler Kenny Gomberg. In Jessica Edwards' short documentary "Seltzer Works", the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors this simple drink's place in history.
"Seltzer Works" premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival, and also screened at Hot Docs, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Silverdocs, and others. "Seltzer Works" was broadcast nationally on PBS in late 2010.