Meghan Eckman's The Parking Lot Movie tells the story of the days in the lives of parking lot attendants in Charlottesville, Virginia. The entertaining documentary will be having its world premiere at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival. Cinematical caught up with Eckman and her Assistant Director/Co-Editor Christopher Hlad to offer you this preview of a film to look out for.
Cinematical:You have referred to the legendary status of the Corning Parking Lot in Charlottesville. Is it just because of its quaint existence within the community or have there been stories that set it apart from larger garages and operations?
ECKMAN: This parking lot has been referred to as a temporary autonomous zone, a liminal space – so there's a lot of lore and myth built up around it. But in reality, it truly is exceptional as far as parking lots go. There are so many stories regarding things that have happened there that I couldn't include in the documentary. It seems to be a space that attracts these outrageous situations – and I think it's in part due to the geographic location of the lot – it's located among bars within an affluent town – so you have a sort of class struggle at play as well as the bar college scene –both of which clash with the workspace of the parking lot Attendant. I can't tell you how many engaging stories had to be left "on the cutting room floor", and I can only hope to publish the interview transcripts down the road.