Collecting Dust is a feature documentary film that looks inside The Sawdust Art Festival during the summer of 2010. The film takes an intimate five-month journey with the Sawdust’s artists as well as its employees and visitors.
The Sawdust Festival is an annual outdoor summer art show in Laguna Beach, California. Each summer, the 200 artists build their booths from the ground up for the two month show. The festival began in 1965 and has always been a non-juried show. Sawdust’s artists must make their own art and live in Laguna Beach.
I grew up at the Sawdust Festival. My childhood summers were spent in that Eucalyptus grove among artists and tourists. When I was eight years old, I began manning my mother’s booth, selling her paintings to the public. The Orange County Register wrote an article about me claiming I could sell you a dead dog in every color. I resented being and working there as all of my other friends had relaxing and free summers on the beach. If I could film the documentary again, I’d focus on the experience of returning to this place as an adult.
Runtime: 85 minutes