October 8, 2012 12:02 pm
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."
For Criterion Cast, Joshua Brunsting goes further, stating: "hitting the zeitgeist like a sledgehammer to the coccyx, Janesville is just the type of documentary that men and women of any political leaning should see before heading to the polls... These characters are you and I, going through the same issues, dealing with the same fears, and are thrust into the spotlight via a documentary that is as beautifully crafted and structured as any this year."
The film also received 8/10 from Cynthia Fuchs in Pop Matters.
Chicago audiences can learn more about the filmmakers by tuning into WTTW's Chicago Tonight at 7pm today for an interview with Janesville director Brad Lichtenstein. Brad will also be on WBEZ's Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia tomorrow morning between 9-10am, joined by the film's editor, Kartemquin's Leslie Simmer.
Want to know what it actually takes to put a PBS documentary together? 371 Productions' Brad Lichtenstein and Nicole Docta take you behind the scenes in this great video: