Andrew Garrison is a documentary and fiction filmmaker. In 1975 he co-founded the Dayton Community Media Workshop, a media production group that made community-based documentaries as well as national work. He then went to work with Appalshop Films, the renowned documentary group in Eastern Kentucky. He now lives in Austin, TX where he teaches production at The University of Texas and makes his own films.

His films have received awards and have been broadcast on PBS and selected for screenings in festivals around the world. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Film Institute. THIRD WARD TX is about the work of a group of artists in inner-city Houston who have successfully revitalizing their neighborhood with art as the engine of change. His most recent documentary is TRASH DANCE, about the collaboration between a choreographer and employees of the city sanitation dept. to make an extraordinary and transforming, public dance performance.

See the trailer for THIRD WARD TX at

See the trailer for TRASH DANCE  at



Films by Andrew Garrison

Third Ward TX

THIRD WARD TX is the story of how Project Row Houses uses the tools of design, art and architecture to transform two blocks of “shotgun” houses familiar across the South into exhibition space, classrooms, gardens, and residential space.  Their success in reducing crime, and making their “campus” a magnet for art enthusiasts, families, and local residents, also attracts deep-pocket real estate developers.

Their bold response is to include community planning and new housing as a part of their art practice.  If they can shape an area in Third Ward for the residents, there’s a chance they can keep the neighborhood intact.