The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. What sounds like a boring storyline, is actually a brilliant display of how people thrive in perceived dead-end jobs. The eccentric groupĀ of attendants consists of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers and more.

We had it all in a world that had nothing to offer us.

They conduct their own private war against the pretentious and obnoxious customers who park their BMWs, Hummers and Suburbans. They study the art of doing nothing and the knack of getting even with rude, SUV-driving dolts who treat them like inferior beings. The gradual devolution from enthusiasm to resentment in the psyches of guys self-aware enough to notice it is an interesting process. Through interviews with former attendants who have moved on – we see that their time at the lot has clearly provided rites of passage and afforded them Zen-like perspective.