One Man’s Trash

Kelly Adams
2015 | 17 minutes | U.S.A.
Director in Attendance

In an East Harlem garage sits the unusual museum: Treasures in the Trash. The museum is the life’s work of Nelson Molina, a 34-year veteran of the New York City Department of Sanitation and a collector of discarded ephemera of interest. The film follows Molina on his route as, with a keen eye and an open mind, he plucks gems from what others have thrown away and assigns new value to them.

This screening is part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Pegi Vail, Graduate Program in Culture and Media, NYU.

Co-presented by New York University Center for Media, Culture, and History

Thresholds, My Perspective

One ponderable that puts me into a perpetual state of awe, is the degree to which we all participate in constructing, and co-create, the reality we inhabit. If we all agreed to a more aesthetic, meaningful, consensus, would it manifest? Nelson's intimate appreciation for the seemingly mundane 'things' that fill the garbage bags lining the streets challenges the boundaries of sacred and profane, art and artifact, treasure and trash, and forces us to reconsider our relationship with the objects we encounter everyday.

 - Kelly Adams | Director, One Man’s Trash