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  • For the guardians of the corner parking lot, it’s more than a job … it’s a state of mind.

    For the guardians of the corner parking lot, it’s more than a job … it’s a state of mind.

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  • “People were definitely considering the existential implications of the job.”

    “People were definitely considering the existential implications of the job.”

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  • “That’s kind of where the evening can turn good or bad a lot of the time.”

    “That’s kind of where the evening can turn good or bad a lot of the time.”

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  • “I bought the car. How could there not be a place to park it? Surely, it comes with a parking space.”

    “I bought the car. How could there not be a place to park it? Surely, it comes with a parking space.”

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  • "Welcome to the CPL, life in a nutshell. Could be heaven, could be hell."

    "Welcome to the CPL, life in a nutshell. Could be heaven, could be hell."

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  • Attendents Tyler Magill, Harper Hellems, Patrick Baran and parking lot owner, Chris Farina

    Attendents Tyler Magill, Harper Hellems, Patrick Baran and parking lot owner, Chris Farina

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  • Attendant Patrick Baran

    Attendant Patrick Baran

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  • Chris Farina, parking lot owner

    Chris Farina, parking lot owner

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  • Attendant Tyler Magill

    Attendant Tyler Magill

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  • Attendant Harper Hellems

    Attendant Harper Hellems

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  • Megan Eckman, director/producer of The Parking Lot Movie

    Megan Eckman, director/producer of The Parking Lot Movie

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  • Chris Hlad, assistant director/co-editor of The Parking Lot Movie

    Chris Hlad, assistant director/co-editor of The Parking Lot Movie

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The Film

"It's not just a parking lot, it's a battle with humanity."

The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia and its select group of attendants that inhabit its microcosm. The employees are a uniquely varied group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, philosophers, intellectuals, musicians, artists, and marginal-type characters.

Three years in the making, this documentary is a strange rite of passage for all involved. Themes receiving daily scrutiny and detailing include cars and license plates, capitalism, anger, justice, drunkenness, spiritual awareness, class struggle, entitlement, and working in the service sector. For these toll-booth toilers, the intersection between the status quo and the quest for freedom becomes the challenge. Something as simple as a parking lot becomes an emotional way station for The American Dream. As one attendant put it, "We had it all in a world that had nothing to offer us."

The Filmmaker

  1. Meghan EckmanDirector