People Can’t Wait

Documentary. (6:19) Our award-winning short film on the Portland Loo. Directed by Travis Shields.

People Can’t Wait is “A charming film about an unusual subject: the need for public toilets.” – Kenneth Turan,L.A. Times film critic.

Winner of a 2010 Telly Award and a Judge’s Award at the 36th Northwest Film and Video Festival.

“The strongest films of any length in this year’s festival both undermine the putative glamour of life on the Portland streets, a myth almost as old as the city’s filmmaking culture. Seattle director Travis Shields travels south to profile Randy Leonard’s 24-hour loos with People Can’t Wait; his comprehensive interviews (which include Victoria Taft again making an ass of herself) are distinguished by a chat with toilet cleaner Rodney Haven, who summarizes his assignment to “make sure everything’s sanitized properly, each and every day”—then glances away, lost in existential reflection.” – Willamette Week film review.

Portland City Hall giving our film some love.
Victoria Taft on Twitter.
Portland Loo website.
Loo on Facebook.
PHLUSH blog.
Willamette Week coverage.


Official selection of the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial.