Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. SCRAP scratches beneath the flaking paint and rusting metal to expose our deep attachment to the things we use while revealing the beauty and pathos in the ugliness we leave behind.

  • Stacey Tenenbaum
    Pipe Dreams, Shiners
  • Stacey Tenenbaum
    Pipe Dreams, Shiners
  • Stacey Tenenbaum
    Pipe Dreams, Shiners
  • Howard Goldberg
  • Katherine Gieguere
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    639,984 USD
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    India, Korea, Republic of, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
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Director Biography - Stacey Tenenbaum

Stacey Tenenbaum is an award-winning creative producer and director. In 2014 she founded H2L Productions, a boutique documentary film production company specializing in crafting character driven stories which are shot internationally. Stacey’s first documentary feature Shiners, was broadcast on TV5, the Documentary Channel, and on PBS / Independent Lens series. Her second film Pipe Dreams was broadcast on the Documentary Channel, ARTV, NHK, SVT, and Independent Lens / PBS in 2019. Before turning her attention to film, Stacey worked in factual television for 16 years, producing and co-creating award-winning documentary series such as The Beat (CTV) and In Real Life (YTV). In 2012, Stacey was nominated for an International Emmy for In Real Life III. Stacey is known for her ability to find and connect with great characters around the world. She is passionate about making cinematic films which are filled with humour and heart.

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Director Statement

I am fascinated by things that are old and carry their history. This is what initially drew me to the metal graveyards in Scrap. I was captivated by the strange beauty of these abandoned places and the discarded items they housed. They spoke of a bygone era somehow frozen in time.
While my initial fascination with this topic was aesthetic, I recognize that behind the allure of these places there is a bigger story to tell about what happens to the objects we discard. Scrap is more than just an environmental film - it is a film about our connection to things from the past and about how objects can have an enduring importance in our lives. Things, like people, show a certain beauty in their old age. Just like us, they carry the weight of their history and the markings and scars accumulated through their lifespan. With the eventual loss of these objects, we are also losing parts of our history and our cultural memory which they embody. I think people understand this instinctually, which is why they are so drawn to metal graveyards around the world.
Scrap will examine our connection to things and our attitudes toward them once they are deemed to be ‘no longer of use’. Together the stories in the film will convey a deeper environmental and human message, which is the need for us to honour and care for the things we use. By raising awareness about the fate of the objects we use in our daily lives, the film hopes to encourage viewers to buy things which are built to last and can be easily repaired.