October 25, 2012 2:53 pm
After creating dialogue on the economic problems facing the country's middle-class at screenings across the US, As Goes Janesville has its New York City premiere tonight, at the Stranger than Fiction series, IFC Center. Director Brad Lichtenstein will attend with composer Vernon Reid. Get tickets now! Tomorrow morning, tune into CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien around 7:50amET for an interview with Brad. For those unable to attend in New York, the film also has upcoming events in cities in Illinois, Kansas, New York, Washington and more. You can also view the PBS Independent Lens version of the film online until November 7th. Brad explains: "I think of the film as a microcosm of America, an intimate and epic portrait of our country's entrenched recession and bitter political polarization. I shot the film throughout Wisconsin's bitter civil war over unions and the historic recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. For three years I followed laid off GM workers struggling to survive, anti-union business leaders trying to reinvent their local economy, and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to negotiate a peace for his warring state and protect the American Dream. We like to say: AS GOES JANESVILLE, so goes America. Don't worry, though -- it's not all depressing. There's moments of levity, inspiring stories of resilience and, best of all, surprising access to business leaders and the governor that you'll find illuminating, maybe infuriating."