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One Man's Trash


For 34 years, Nelson Molina has worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation, developing a unique relationship to the objects that fill the garbage bags lining the streets. With a keen curatorial eye for finding treasure in household trash, Nelson has created a collection of found objects in a sanitation garage in East Harlem, which he refers to as a museum of “Treasures in the Trash.” This collection is a reflection of the community he has been serving and is perfect for a festival based in Harlem! As the film follows Nelson on his route and through his collection, he encourages us to see the things that we encounter in daily life anew.

Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Kelly Adams
Producers: Kelly Adams
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Student project: Yes
Completion date: 07/07/2016
Shooting format:
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: Yes

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