What an interesting world you'll discover at the Recycling Center. Joe sorts out his cans in order to get paid.
Joe meets Chang
Who would have thought–Chang is quite the ladie's man. Too many in fact–he's worn out!
Cowboy loves nothing better than to taunt Joe and get in his face.
We first meet Cowboy taunting Joe at Lagoon Park, a normal, everyday occurrence.
Cowboy works smart, not hard. Cowboy sings to a restaurant worker and is rewarded with a bag full of cans. Some might say hi
Joe is hassled by Cowboy on the streets all the time. Joe balls his fist, just in case Cowboy wants a shot at the title.
Cowboy brags about his load of cans. "They're as big as big as his balls and twice as heavy".
First, Cowboy comes at you in a playful manner, but make no mistake–he's a snake in the grass.
Cowboy shows his true colors with a sneer. You best avoid Cowboy, the self proclaimed "King of the Canners."
Joe rest his weary bones at the beach after a long day of collecting cans
Joe takes a smoke break in front of the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Joe reaches into a trash can at the beach, hunting for his beloved treasure–recyclables.
Joe sped across town as fast as he could, but he just missed them. Too late to get paid now.
Joe rides by the LA RIVER on his way to work
Long Beach is a beautiful place to ride your bike.
Joe bikes pased old, rusty tank farms on his way to the recycling center.
Joe enjoys his dinner, a beer and chips on the beach.
The early bird gets the worm–Joe's on his way to collect cans.
Beware territorial canners–not everyone is your friend in the canning game.
"Keep on moving bud!" Joe is not welcomed by Brent and Noah, surly canners with attitude.
Strength in numbers on the streets.
Everyone needs a lackey in the canning game.
Joe rejects Cowboy's offer to join him and become his charity case.
What a beautiful night to be a canner.
Saxon is a friend, willing to help Joe out with intel on the streets–his reward is cigarettes.
Saxon spots Joe in distress outside the closed Recycling Center.
Saxon explains that the 24hr Kiosk over by PCH, "takes your cans and hit you with the cash!"
Saxon sarcastically calls out Joe for being lazy.
Joe doesn’t take kind to being bullied by Cowboy. Joe tells Cowboy to get lost.
Joe shares a playful exchange with Chang early in the morning.
Some of the beautiful street art found in Long Beach.
Pat and Pookie investigate to see what Joe is up to, creeping around Cowboy's camper.
Pat and his amazing singing dog entertain themselves near the LA River.
Pat loves his harmonica, I'm not convinced his dog Pookie likes it so much.
Pat tells Joe he's the real inventor of the internet–Joe is confused.
Joe passes a beautiful street mural located on 7th and Golden Road in Long Beach.
Joe gets a hotel room and enjoys the good life.
A game of cat and mouse–Joe spies on Cowboy from high above.
Joe fixes his bike in front of the Lone Sailor statue in Long Beach
A place you might see everyday–under the Belmont veterans memorial Pier in Long Beach.
Joe is sent on a wild goose chase by Saxon to reach the 24hr recycling kiosk.
Joe curses Saxon, realizing both kiosk machines are out of order.
Meet Pat, the "inventor" of the internet and his dog Pookie.
Cowboy lifts the lid of the Golden trash and the secret is revealed.
Cowboy spies on Joe and learns the source of his newfound wealth.
Joe surveys all his cans at the Recycling center. With the aid of the Golden trash can, Joe is the new "King of the Canners."
The power has shifted. Cowboy threatens Joe on the streets.
Joe parties at campsite to celebrate his recent success. Little known fact–Joe plays a mean air bass guitar.
Joe leaves the Golden trash can to hit the recycling center, but trust me–he'll be back.
Cowboy and Sally get into a tiff on the streets. "When was the last time you took me out, huh?"
Joe is in ecstasy after discovering a never-ending source of cans to recycle.
Joe marches back to investigate the magical Golden trash can.
The Golden trash lifts up by itself behind Joe's back.
Joe stumbles upon a mysterious, Golden trash can filled with aluminum cans
Joe spots a warm, cigarette butt filled Shorty's 40 beer on top of a Golden trash can–perfect for a hot day.
With money in pocket and new clothes, Joe gets a fresh start at life.
Joe steals Sally from Cowboy, now that he has the money.
Joe catches Cowboy attempting to steal the Golden trash can.
Joe snaps after Cowboy suggests they should team up together.
Joe strikes Cowboy with his routing stick, causing a bloody aftermath.
Joe chokes Cowboy to death in a fit of rage
The dark side of Joe is revealed as he smiles above Cowboy's lifeless body.
Joe is panicked and alone after realizing he's killed Cowboy.
L to R Burtis, Kent, Mike, Darren film Joe riding up on Cowboy. The Nuevo Bros aren't afraid to get their hands dirty.
L to R Kent, Mike, Darren, Burtis compose a shot at the Golden trash can.
The Golden Trash can awaits filming in Long Beach.
L to R Mike, Darren, Pat, Pookie and Kent prep for their scene in front of Cowboy's camper.
L to R Darren and Mike set up exterior shot in a Wilmington alley. Not all filmmaking is glamourous.
Donated bikes before their transformation into the Canners world.
Darren tests out Cowboy's bike at
It's all make believe folks! Burtis and Kent grab a bite after a hard day's work.
L to R Mike, Darren and Kent set up camp on location. No honey-wagons to be seen.
L to R Mike, Kent, A.Lee and sound man Chris Cole film the SAXON scene in Wilmington.
L to R Darren and Mike set up the camera Gimbal in Long Beach for a tracking shot.
L to R Darren applies makeup to Kent for
L to R Darren applies makeup to Kent's feet at
The Nuevo Bros set up Joe's intro scene in Pomona.
Burtis rehearses his lines high above the freeway embankment in Long Beach.
L to R Mike, Darren, Kent. Darren stages a crucial scene in Long Beach.
Candid shot of Kent (Joe) on set.
The Nuevo Bros (Mike and Darren) getting set for a shot.
Mike behind the camera, preps for a shot on 7th and Golden Road in Long Beach.
The Nuevo Bros (Mike and Darren) discuss a Golden trash can shot.
L to R Kent and Mike share a playful moment on set of Canners. We shot in the summer–it was hot.
L to R Burtis, Mike and Darren block a crucial shot. What a silly business.
The Nuevo Bros hide gear and setup camp on the Canners set.
L to R Darren applies makeup to Burtis on set.
Burtis was always a pleasure to have on set.
Not sure if it was a long day or Kent Hatch was getting into
What a great location in Long Beach–an LA River tunnel filled with eye-catching murals.
Great mural artwork found on 7th and Golden Street in Long Beach. Check it out for yourself.
When he wasn't acting, Pat was extremely helpful setting up gear and providing an extra set of eyes.
Spoiler alert: Burtis prepares for his murder scene.
Darren and Mike come down the tunnel and prepare for the murder scene.
You can never have enough pockets on set. Backpacks and cargo shorts are a must.
Mike and Darren set up the camera for the hundredth setup.
Darren gives Burtis (Cowboy) some last minute directions for the scene.
Darren hustles over for the next shot in Long Beach.
Candid shot of Burtis (Cowboy) swinging his hammer…watch those fingers Burtis!
Another shot of Burtis showing off his butt crack. Burtis will always go that extra mile for his art.
Yes–it was disgusting sitting on slime, but well worth it to get wonderful low-angle shots.
Burtis Cutler captured with a wide-angle lens. No–this is not a
Everyone pitches in and does their part to get Canners made–we couldn't have done it without help.