In the Gutter and Other Good Places
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 56 min
Ladder to the Moon Productions
In a poignant, humorous and gut-wrenching look at urban street life, director Cristine Richey exposes the frustrations and tragedies of three "dumpster divers" – homeless men who survive on the waste of our disposable society, collecting bottles and other recyclables from garbage cans to earn money. One of them, Ron, is a former engineer who lost his family and privileged position to alcoholism. Another, Colin, who was considered a genius as a child, offers a thoughtful rant on society’s wasteful ways; his suicide is a slap in the face for viewers.
Four years in the making, In the Gutter and Other Good Places is an eye-opener. Featuring cinematography that makes the big city (it was shot in urban Calgary) look lonely and unforgiving, it is a disturbing sign of the times and won a Genie Award for Best Documentary.