Parking Lot Movie
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Located near the University of Virginia, adjacent to the backs of several bars as well as the train tracks, and featuring a wooden shack built in 1986, the attendants have face-to-face contact with the customers as they drive by the lot's shack to, hopefully, pay their parking bill, in cash or check, directly to the attendant.
Farina tends to hire college students, graduates, and musicians--men with higher-than-normal IQs than one would find attending a small-town parking lot. His management style is loose, care-free. Consequently, these young men spend their time between customers playing games and creating contests with the lot's orange cones. They print words, phrases, and the names of extremely low Q-list rated celebrities on the vertically-swinging bar customers drive under after taking their automatically-printed, time-stamped ticket. The attendants hang out with friends some of whom also work at the lot--or are alumni of it. They play music, sing, listen to music, read, and, most critically, deal with rude, narcissistic, and combative customers some of whom simply drive by the shack without paying.
Oh, and one more thing: They reveal their souls to the filmmakers.
The power, the impact of both comedy and drama--whether narrative or documentary--rests in conflict. It is this conflictive contact with difficult customers that emerges as foreground for the attendants as well as us viewers of Eckman's well-done documentary about a whimsical subject that turns out to be not so whimsical.Read more ›
I showed this film at the end of the semester in my film class, and asked my students, "What stories are in your own backyard, that you might want to tell?" They could think of lots of possible films they'd like to make, both fictional and non-fictional. This movie is a good catalyst for discussion and so I highly recommend it. (As a personal aside, I'm familiar with Charlottesville, VA and the UVA campus, through friends and relatives who went there, and can vouch for the accuracy of the film. In fact, my cousins who grew up there and attended UVA all worked in similar parking lots. On my recommendation, they watched this film and loved it.)
This is about parking lots in general, because I suppose they all experience the same things to one degree or another, but it's about one pay lot, in particular, in Charlottesville, VA. What makes this worth seeing is the owner and the guys that work there. The owner gets it. He hangs in loose. He understands what the job is about and what type of person could do the job for any length of time without blowing a gasket. The employees themselves are a cool bunch. Most are educated in the arts or philosophy or whatever, and they give a great perspective of the job and the customers.
I live outside of Chicago and having had to pay $20.00 for two hours worth of parking, it's interesting to hear these guys talk about customers trying to dodge a $1.50 parking fee. They see all types. The yuppies, the drunks, the entitled brats and every other "type." They see them all day and every day and have developed thoughts and philosophies regarding all of them. They do all manner of things to keep the job interesting and do their share of complaining about the butt-holes they are forced to deal with.
Parking is something we only think about when in needs to be done, and then it's simply one of those things that is a stepping stone from where we were and where we're going. I can pretty much guarantee you though, that after you watch this little gem, you won't ever view it quite the same way again.
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This was surprisingly very interesting! Docu style. A look at the life of parking lot attendants and how society treats them, without even knowing their background or that they are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by January Gray
Wow, I never knew there was so much value in being a parking lot attendant. Each of the characters, real-life folks, actually, had so much depth and quite a serious take on their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patricia L. Darby
Interesting, quirky movie. Not particularly deep or moving, but entertaining...Published 18 months ago by Dr. Robert Brown
Working in a parking ramp, I know the scene very well. These guys do not have to deal with the bureaucracy I do. It is more a family owned type of business with no pretentions. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sleeping Piranha
This is one of the most amazing movies, or rather documentaries that I have ever seen. It's not really like a documentary, but it is. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Suzanne Schumacher
A great exposition on america's sense of entitlement with some zen. The clerks of documentaries. I hope this reaches the people in Virginia and they reevaluate their values.Published on February 9, 2014 by Performancegamer
i work in a parking lot and watching this movie actually helps make it worth while to work there. Funny, relatable flick.Published on January 30, 2014 by Spencer Roberts