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PAFF 2014: Michael Beach Is A Discarded Metal Collector In Witty Drama ‘Scrapper’

PAFF 2014: Michael Beach Is A Discarded Metal Collector In Witty Drama 'Scrapper'

A new year of film festivals has officially launched with the grand-daddy of them all (here in the USA anyway) the Sundance Film Festival, ending its run last weekend.

In February, however, all eyes will be on the Pan African Film Festival that takes place in Los Angeles, CA, which runs from February 6-172014, celebrating its 22nd anniversary.

Continuing on with highlights from this year’s event… from the narrative section, here’s your first look at Micheal Beach (Soul Food, Waiting to Exhale) in the new witty drama Scrapper

Beach stars in the drama – helmed by Brady Hall – as Hollis Wallace, who makes a living by collecting discarded metal “scraps” or pieces. A loner, Hollis spends most of his spare time caring for his sick mother. Conflict arises after he he meets a runaway teen, who becomes his work partner.

The film is said to be inspired the filmmaker’s own home renovation; Brady became curious about people who asked him about collecting metal.

Here’s more about the film’s story:

Did you know that scrap metal is America’s 4th largest export? Well, Hollis Wallace does, and he makes his quiet living trolling the back alleys of Seattle looking for cast-off copper, aluminum and other valuable metals. Hollis uses all the tricks of the metal scrapping trade to earn his living and navigate through a fascinating and rowdy world that few pay any attention to. Hollis’s only friend is his ailing mother, and his only drive in life is to collect enough scrap to take care of her. But his routine and isolation are disrupted when he has a strange encounter with teenage runaway Swan in the basement of an unhinged neighbor. They end up forming a scrapping partnership that almost borders on a friendship, before the forces in their lives threaten to destroy their new bond completely.

Michael Beach stars as Hollis, described as a quiet man with a keen grasp on his trade and no grasp at all on his personal life.

Meanwhile, newcomer Anna Giles plays Swan, a train-hopping, dumpster-diving 18 year old who awakens a paternal instinct in Hollis and threatens to change his stubborn antisocial ways. 

And Aidan Gillen plays Ray, an unusual guy with unusual hobbies who doesn’t take kindly to Hollis intruding on his life.

The film was shot entirely in Seattle, Washington in August of 2012.

I’m glad to see Beach have his own starring vehicle, which seems to be an interesting and/or peculiar one.

PAFF is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, screening a total of 172 films – 37 documentaries, 23 short documentaries, 55 narrative features, and 57 narrative shorts, as well as 11 webseries in the new category of new media – all representing 46 countries.

For more information about the official selections, visit the festival’s website at

Watch the trailer for Scrapper below:

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