With his thick glasses, duct-taped gloves, worn-out boot toes and ursine bearing, Jon Piasecki may not immediately impress you as someone who can change the world. But watch as he waltzes hefty slabs of flagstone through the woods and connects them meticulously into a pathway that melds seamlessly with its surroundings, and you will likely credit him with having earth-shaking power and down-to-earth wisdom. Hal Clifford (executive editor of Orion magazine and former Telluride resident) and Jason Houston (2009 Mountainfilm gallery artist) created this thoughtful film. —PK
This film is a testament to creativity and the human spirit. The creativity comes from Vik Muniz, the brilliant Brazilian artist. The spirit stems from his subjects—“recyclers,” as they call themselves—who work at the Jardim Gramacho landfill, one of the largest dumps in the world, which is just outside Rio de Janeiro. Vik photographs several of the workers and turns those images—thoughtful and lovely—into stunning artworks that incorporate garbage from Gramacho. Director Lucy Walker captures the process of the artist closely, but the most compelling part of this story is that of the recyclers. Their jobs may be dirty, but their dignity is intact.