One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. These words could not be more true in the latest film by Amy C. Elliott Salvage. This documentary delves deep into the many sides and stories of the local dump in Yellowknife Canada, capital of the Northwest Territories. The town dump is the city’s most popular and notorious man made attraction, mined by a colorful community of thrifty locals. While some folks classify themselves as “fair-weather dumpers” others are tenacious enough to actually make a living “prospecting” the dump. Some even find food, heat sources and a nice new jacket!
The dump is a treasure trove of odds and ends. Filled with discarded objects of the original owners are now up for grabs. First come, first served. Salvage was produced over a ten year period and shot by the director. The film is edited by Sabrina Zanella-Foresi a veteran of many PBS American Experience, Independent Lens and Frontline titles. Once the editing stage was completed Amy enlisted the services of Coll Anderson of C.A. Sound in Bearsville. Wanting to keep the finishing stage local Anderson contacted Chad Smith at Massive Clouds in Kingston to work on color correction. “I have worked on a number of projects with Coll and it’s a good fit” says Smith. “Since we are close by it makes it convenient for all of us to collaborate”. We were all very excited that during the finishing stages Amy found out she had gotten into SXSW. The film has its world premiere on Friday March 8 2019 in Austin TX
One of my favorite things about working with filmmakers as a colorist, is hearing about the making of the film as we work. During the color sessions for Salvage, Amy shared backstory tales of the characters and the amazing plane ride to location that went through the northern lights!
Everyone here at Massive Clouds wants to congratulate Amy on the world premiere of Salvage at SXSW 2019!