Dumpster Archeology

Self-proclaimed "Dumpster Archeologist" Lew Blink embarks on thrilling expeditions through dimly lit alleys where every item holds a story waiting to be brought to life. Through his eyes, the trash-strewn landscapes transform into an endless playground of mysteries waiting to be unraveled inviting us to ponder the value of privacy and the impact of excessive waste while marveling at the wondrous stories within the refuge left in the alleyways.

  • Dustie Carter
    Rabbits Foot
  • StolenSun
    Rabbit's Foot
  • Bruton Stroube
  • Kiley Enno
  • Lew Blink
    Key Cast
    "Lew Blink"
  • Mike Dalton
    Director of Photography
    Rabbit's Foot
  • Chent
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Social, Enviromental, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Dustie Carter

Dustie's journey began in the rice and cotton fields that stretched across the state line of Southern Missouri and Northeastern Arkansas. However, his dreams were much bigger than the agricultural landscape surrounding him. Driven by a profound passion for storytelling, Dustie boldly decided to leave behind his family farm and embark on a path toward filmmaking. His relentless pursuit of this creative calling led him to join the talented team at Bruton Stroube Studios, where he now thrives in producing high-end commercial content. Working collaboratively, Dustie and his team bring ideas to life, crafting visually stunning and captivating narratives.
Beyond his commercial endeavors, Dustie finds solace in exploring his artistic versatility. When not immersed in the world of commercials, he dedicates his time to crafting mesmerizing narrative films and music videos under the banner of StolenSun.

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Director Statement

Lew Blink's dedication to his craft is awe-inspiring. His passion for unearthing forgotten treasures and the stories they hold invites us to ponder the value of privacy in today's hyper-connected world. As we journey alongside him, we witness the emotional journey of a man who connects deeply with these objects, breathing life into the discarded and shining a light on their untold histories.

As the filmmaker, I strived to capture the essence of Lew Blink's remarkable personality and his genuine reverence for the forgotten artifacts he discovers. The creative direction focused on showcasing the dichotomy between a society that dismisses these alleyway treasures as worthless trash and Lew's conviction that each item has a profound tale to tell.

As the narrative unfolds, we are invited to marvel at the wondrous stories within the refuge left in the alleyways. The storytelling approach, combining evocative visuals, intimate interviews, and artistic cinematography, aims to transport the audience into the heart of Lew Blink's dumpster archaeology adventures.

Ultimately, this mini-documentary will encourage viewers to reevaluate their relationship with material possessions, inspire them to see the world through a different lens, and ignite a sense of curiosity to explore the untold stories surrounding us daily. I am honored to have had the opportunity to capture the essence of Dumpster Archaeology and Lew Blink's remarkable journey, and I believe that this film will resonate deeply with audiences, leaving them with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and stories that lie hidden in the most unexpected corners of our world.