August 23, 2012 3:59 pm
As Goes Janesville will have its Chicago premiere at the 2012 Chicago International Film Festival. The film was among the first 21 titles announced for the festival, which runs from October 11 - 25. The film was picked out as a highlight by the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips.
CIFF lists Janesville's plot as follows: "The recession hits home in Janesville, WI, where the shutdown of a GM plant has devastated the town. Following laid-off employees struggling to make ends meet and local business owners trying to lure back investors, this intimate verité-style documentary supplies refreshingly human insight into America's economic crisis."
The exact dates for the film's screenings at the festival are still to be announced, but you can expect that director Brad Lichtenstein, editor Leslie Simmer, and many more of the film's production crew from 371 Productions and Kartemquin will be present. We at Kartemquin are especially excited to have a film playing at our hometown festival for the first time since Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research in 2008.
Further festival screening dates for As Goes Janesville will be announced soon, ahead of its PBS broadcast premiere on Independent Lens on November 5th 2012.