"I work my ass off," says an Oregon lumberjack in David Fenster's documentary Wood, without much emotion or pride. He's just doing his job, a job on the verge of extinction. Each subject of the movies that comprise All in a Day's Work, the traveling festival of short documentary films presented by Aurora Picture Show, is just doing a job. Some are dangerous (collecting ice from the Peruvian Andes to be made into frivolous snow cones in Shikashika), some are hopeless (Uighers looking for rare white jade in a dry moonscape riverbed in China's Wild West), some are uplifting and life-affirming (disabled workers in Edinburgh who make a living baking artisan bread in Breadmakers), and some are tedious dead-enders (a prickly Pakistani tailor up to his elbows in unfinished work in The Tailor). If you think your job is unappreciated, you're underpaid and your boss is a jerk, watch these. They just might change your mind. 8 p.m. Spacetaker at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street. For information call 713-868-2101 or visit www.aurorapictureshow.org. Free to pay-what-you-will.
Thu., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2009