The Parking Lot MovieWVPT joins PBS affiliates in the Nationwide Television Debut of “The Parking Lot Movie” on Oct. 19th

“Independent Lens” presents the award-winning indie documentary about life and culture as seen through the eyes of parking attendants at The Corner Lot in Charlottesville, VA

“It’s not just a parking lot, it’s a battle with humanity”

Charlottesville, Virginia, October 13, 2010 –WVPT joins PBS affiliates nationwide in the television premier of “The Parking Lot Movie” on Oct. 19th. The critically-acclaimed film about daily life in The Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, VA is the season opener for Independent Lens, an Emmy Award-winning weekly series airing Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on PBS.Hailed as the “most feel-good film” of the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Meghan Eckman’s irreverently funny debut celebrates a brotherhood of eccentric attendants who man a unique parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. From graduate students to middle-age slackers, indie-rock musicians to surly philosophers, these overeducated part-timers wax profoundly about car culture and capitalism, seek vengeance against entitled patrons and thieves, and make fun of drunken jerks.

While the film has garnered acclaim at film festivals from New York City to Austin, it will reach a national audience for the first time with its premier on Tuesday. “I’m absolutely delighted about the kind of exposure this broadcast will give the movie,” said Eckman. “Because we are small independent film, the success of this movie relies on the audience to get the word out.”

Eckman, a University of Virginia graduate, said she was honored her movie was chosen for the season premier and thanked PBS and Independent Lens, as well as affiliate stations such as WVPT, for their backing and support.“They are really supportive of independent voices in filmmaking,” said Eckman. “Without these outlets, small independent movies like The Parking Lot Movie wouldn’t have a home. I couldn’t be more grateful for their support.”

In addition to the national premier, The Parking Lot Movie was recently released for sale on DVD. For more about the movie, visit or

WVPT's interview with Director Meghan Eckman

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