‘While You Were Sleeping’ by Anderson Wright

by The MovieBabble Staff

Night shift cleaners in Salt Lake City share their experiences and attitudes toward their essential work.


Nick Kush: While You Were Sleeping is a gentle reminder of the necessary, but mostly unappreciated work that so many do around the clock. Certainly, a good reminder to thank the essential workers in your area. Patrick Golan’s photography is a major standout — the intense grain on the picture reinforces the haziness of the night and accents the feeling of all these individuals operating out of time, or at least, a schedule that vastly differs from the norm.



Director: Anderson Wright
Producer: Vesta Tuckute
Director of Photography: Patrick Golan
Editor: Matt Schaff
Gaffer: Benjamin Carroll
Key Grip: Elias Jessop
First AC: Derek Wride
Production Assistant: John Patrick McKenna
Color Correction:
The Mill
Josh Bohoskey
Sound Design:
Gregers Maersk Moeller
Philip Flindt
Title Design: Ro Oeurn


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Kali Tuttle August 28, 2021 - 1:36 pm

Eyyy represent that 801!

Branding August 27, 2021 - 11:43 am

It makes me miss it. It was the only job I could get during the Recession. I wanted to get work that would challenge me, help me maintain an interest in working together as a team member. But the working world wouldn’t take me back. This was the first of a subsequent stream of low paying jobs. In some ways, although it was not adequate to pay the bills, I appreciated the meditative aspects of it. I was happy not to deal with people, given the terrible company I’d left within that same year. There was another thing about this job, I didn’t appreciate. They implied that I should skim my work so that I could be in and out quickly. In my ideal world, I would get paid for the night, not the hour. Then I could spend adequate time on cleaning in a quality way and not have to worry about the clock. I was offered a higher level position, but I couldn’t afford to work there.

Nick Kush August 27, 2021 - 11:22 am

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