Salvage

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    Salvage

    Directed by

    USA

    2019

    57 min

    • English

    Documentary

    With a massive, unrestricted salvage area, the Yellowknife dump is one of the last and largest open dumps in North America. People from all walks of life go there, to search for everything from tools to clothes to home décor. Salvage follows a group of passionate salvagers over five years as the dump evolves and eventually succumbs to the inexorable efforts of city bureaucrats to subject it to sensible regulations and controls. As the dump loses its central place in the town’s civic and social life, the salvagers become increasingly irrelevant. This loss has seismic implications, both for this community of residents, and the identity of Yellowknife itself.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Walt Humphries
    Velma Sterenberg
    Tony Whitford
    Dwayne Wohlgemuth
    Al Shearing
    Diane Baldwin
    Cinematography
    Amy C. Elliott
    Editing
    Amy C. Elliott
    Sabrina Zanella-Foresi
    Music
    Bill Staines
    Production
    FREEWHEELING HEYDAY PRODUCTIONS
    Amy C. Elliott

    Amy C. Elliott

    USA

    Amy Elliott is a photographer and documentary filmmaker with a particular focus on regional American culture. She directed and shot the feature documentaries WICKER KITTENS (2014) and WORLD'S LARGEST (2010). Clients include The American Legion, The New York Times, American Road and The Public Art Fund. She is a graduate of Princeton University. Her latest film, SALVAGE (2019), premiered at SXSW.