Set inside Chicago’s labyrinth of alleyways, Scrappers tells the stories of three men who support their families scavenging discarded metal with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The film will be a feature length documentary that situates scrapping within the global marketplace through a verite style and a deep sense of emotional immediacy.
The filmmakers met while studying at the University of Chicago, and were key crew members on two other feature length films now in distribution: Thax, which premiered at the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival and is available through Golden Age Gallery, and Crime Fiction, which premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and is available through Anthem DVD.
I attended a benefit for Scrappers earlier this year, and got a chance to watch some clips from the film (which I believe is still in post-production). You can read more about the film and find resources for scrap metal enthusiasts here.