During the spring of 2022, I worked with the Town of Boone, North Carolina, the Watauga Riverkeeper, and the New River Conservancy to collect plastic bags and other debris from a passive stormwater debris collector nicknamed the Trash Trout. After the trash was collected, we offered free public workshops for residents of all ages to create their own short films by taping small pieces of plastic and other river debris to clear 16mm film leader.  Finally, these films were spliced together into a 16mm silent film reel titled The Trash Trout Motion Picture Show which is projected onto a large screen to music provided by live musicians.  

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 17, 2022 – 9pm Screening of the Trash Trout Motion Picture Show with live musical accompaniment by the Kraut Creek Ramblers as part of the Boonerang Festival in Boone, North Carolina

Past Events

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm: Trash film workshop at Appalachian Mountain Brewery (in conjunction with the Watauga Riverkeeper’s World Water Day Celebration)

Friday, April 1, 2022 from 5pm to 8pm: Trash film workshop at the Turchin Center for The Visual Arts  (in conjunction with the Town of Boone’s First Friday Celebration)

Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 1:45 to 3:15pm:  Trash film workshop at the Bechtel Summit Reserve’s Sustainability Treehouse (in conjunction with the New River Conservancy’s New River Symposium)

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 9pm to 10pm: Screening of the Trash Trout Motion Picture Show with live musical accompaniment by the Kraut Creek Ramblers in Radford University’s Bonnie Auditorium.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.