One man's trash.

A depressed sanitation worker's worst fears come true when a curse from a raccoon threatens to turn him into a literal garbage man.

Comedy / Sci Fi? / 8 minutes 


Sam doesn’t want to be a sanitation worker anymore. But when a curse from a raccoon turns him into an ever growing trash ball that threatens to swallow up everything he loves, he must step up to confront his fate and become the Garbage Man.


Behind the Scenes


Director Statement

I'd rather let the audience make up their own minds as to what a story is about. But… depression. It’s about depression. Probably. I don’t know. Maybe it’s about raccoons. They’re kind of dicks. I just know that, however silly this movie might seem, it's very close to my heart. I grew up idolizing the garbage man. I wanted to ride the back of the truck, and heave around smelly things, and be adored by kids like myself. So far my life's gone in a different direction, but I wanted to pay tribute in a small way to the people that keep our lives running and don't get nearly enough credit. Many people, myself often included, feel trapped by the circumstances of their lives. The impulse behind telling this weird little story is to see what happens when you take the accumulated mental garbage that threatens to bury us all, and make it literal. 

There are always too many to thank. Movies, even short ones, are surprisingly hard to make.  But I want to thank the CBC, Telefilm Canada, SIM DigitalPS Production Services and most of all to the producers, filmmakers and everyone involved in the the Short Film Faceoff, for making this film possible. Their support of short films and Canadian filmmakers brings a beacon of hope to all of us attempting to climb the trash heap of artistic aspiration. 

This film was made possible with the generous support from those institutions above as a prize for winning the Short Film Faceoff with a prior short film, In Passing. If you like short films, check out the show, and support their support. 

Thanks for watching, 




Kalvin Olafson
Daniel Jacobsen
Luke Roessler

Directed by
Alan Miller

Written by
David Haskell and Alan Miller

Produced by
Sabrina Chammas
James Hutchison
Alan Miller

Director of Photography
Lindsay George

Edited by
Alan Miller

Production Designer
Jamie Holt

Visual Effects by
Paul DeSilva

Sound Design
Kimberly Patrick

Music by
Sam and Alexis


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