Andrew Garrison

Introduction (2-3 lines)

Andrew Garrison works in documentary and fiction. THIRD WARD TX is one of several films he has made on art, community, and social change. His most recent film is the award-winning documentary, TRASH DANCE, now available through Netflix, and on DVD from Garrison teaches filmmaking at the University of Texas at Austin.

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

New Day Films by Andrew Garrison

Awards & Accolades

Premiere--SXSW 2007
Winner--Big Muddy Film Festival, 2008
Rooftop Films, AFI/Dallas Film Festival; Sebastopol Film Festival
Bruner-Loeb Forum
New Orleans Regional Equity Conference
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