We hope you will join us in watching As Goes Janesville tonight at 10pm on PBS Independent Lens.
The New York Times' rave review for the film calls it "an up-close view of one of the meanest and most dramatic chapters in recent American politics: the battle over collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin state employees and the subsequent effort to recall the Republican governor, Scott Walker, from office." The version you'll see tonight is the streamlined cut made for TV, which the Times' Mike Hale says "has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller."
Earlier this year, the successful PBS Needs Indies campaign saw filmmakers and fans unite in support of independent documentary on PBS, urging them to reconsider scheduling and promotion for Independent Lens and P.O.V. You made this new timeslot happen, so we hope you can spread the word about it!
Set to air on PBS Independent Lens on Monday November 5th, Kartemquin's next release is As Goes Janesville, a co-production with 371 Productions.
Well ahead of that broadcast on the eve of the 2012 Election, the film - which depicts the struggles of business leaders and union workers to rebuild their lives and the town's finances after the 2008 closure of a GM plant - has been thrust into Wisconsin's turbulent political debates.
"What happens to the docs you loved at Silverdocs? Many of them end up hiding in plain sight on public TV. But hide no longer: PBS has recently revealed plans to spotlight and celebrate two series that air docs almost every week – POV and Independent Lens. Get the story on how filmmakers and viewers are key to PBS’ having more quality doc fare on TV.
Pat Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media
Tim Horsburgh, Communications and Office Manager, Kartemquin Films
Donald Thoms, Vice President of General Audience Programming, PBS
Michon Boston, Engagement Consultant, WHUT and ITVS"
Kartemquin is delighted that PBS today announced a new regular spot on their schedule - Mondays at 10pm - for documentary strands Independent Lens and POV.