Nick Schager Reviews The Parking Lot Movie

In Charlottesville‘s nondescript open-air Corner Parking Lot, located near the prosperous University of Virginia, service-industry work is not merely a way to scrape out a living but also a vehicle for class warfare and self-discovery. Or at least so say the attendants of The Parking Lot Movie, Meghan Eckman‘s documentary valentine to the male ticket collectors—most of them overqualified anthropology and philosophy grad students, poets, and musicians like former employee and current Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew—who spend their days and nights managing both the establishment’s sundry automobiles and their equally diverse, often unpleasant, owners.

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