{"id":9527918161,"title":"American Winter (screening)","handle":"american-winter-screening","description":"\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/products\/american-winter-educational\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Link to educational license AMERICAN WINTER\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/EduBlue_large.png?14641162338345221999\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/American_Winter_Discussion_Guide.pdf?9795503593304629396\" title=\"American Winter Discussion Guide\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/pdf-icon-4_thumb.png?v=1491842675\" style=\"float: none;\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/American_Winter_Discussion_Guide.pdf?9795503593304629396\" title=\"American Winter Discussion Guide\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eClick here to download the American Winter discussion guide!\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirected by:\u003c\/strong\u003e Joe Gantz \u0026amp; Harry Gantz\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003eProduced by: \u003c\/strong\u003eJoe Gantz \u0026amp; Harry Gantz\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"line-height: 1.5; color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2017 Educational release \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time:\u003c\/strong\u003e 71 min \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanguage:  \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eEnglish\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSubjects:\u003c\/strong\u003e Sociology, Children, Youth, \u0026amp; Family, Socioeconomics\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAMERICAN WINTER\u003c\/strong\u003e is a timely documentary that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eFilmed over the winter of 2011-12, the film reveals the devastating effects of the mortgage meltdown, high unemployment, the health care crisis, and budget cuts to the social safety net through the eyes of families in crisis.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eWoven into the film are interviews with economic experts, policy analysts, religious leaders, and social workers. Ultimately, \u003cstrong\u003eAMERICAN WINTER\u003c\/strong\u003e presents a powerful portrait of the consequences of rising poverty, the decline of the middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/220061225\" width=\"500\" height=\"281\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAwards\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWINNER - Sidney Award for Excellence in Journalism for the Common Good - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWINNER - Bending Toward Justice Award From Senator Jeff Merkley - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBEST OF FESTIVAL - Workers Unite Film Festival - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - 36th Portland International Film Festival - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReviews \/ Quotes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Using a mix of hard facts and personal stories, American Winter is too compelling to ignore.\" -\u003cem\u003e Indiewire Review \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\"American Winter\" \u003cem\u003eA Devastating Portrait Of The Erosion Of The Middle Class by Kevin Jagernauth\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Wrenching\" - \u003cem\u003eWashington Post by Elaine Weiss\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Finally, a movie has arrived that shows the precariousness of the US economy for the majority of Americans, refusing to distinguish between a deserving and non-deserving poor\" - \u003cem\u003eGreg Kaufman, The Nation This Week in Poverty: 'A Place at the Table' and 'American Winter'\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...A very vivid snapshot of what life was like for many formerly middle-class families. Families that, amid the deepest valley of the economic downturn, were having trouble keeping it all together.\" \u003cem\u003e- Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace (American Public Media)\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Powerful and timely\" \u003cem\u003e- NBC's In Plain Sight\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"A thoughtful and confrontational exploration of poverty\" \u003cem\u003e- P. L. Thomas, Daily Kos\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"An intimate portrait of real American families struggling to make ends meet\" \u003cem\u003e- Ben Bamsey, HLNtv\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"386.2652364261491\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"354.4941421396942\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"354.4941421396942\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eVideo Librarian\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eThe twin blows of job losses and advancing poverty hit several Portland, OR, families hard in filmmaker Joe Gantz’s American Winter, amelancholy look at paycheck-to-paycheck despair and reduced circumstances in the wake of 2008's economic crash. Cameras follow several representative families in weakening income brackets, whose breadwinners have lost jobs to overseas, suffered cuts in benefits, and are now left slaving for the minimum wage—when they can find jobs at all. One woman is newly widowed, experiencing her first winter with her son in a homeless shelter. Another household has to choose between paying the mortgage or utilities bills (a good neighbor allows them to run an electrical cord all the way to his property). A man whose son has Down syndrome faces foreclosure on a homestead that he says brings the boy stability. Another couple, turned out of their own place, must move back in with parents. While some social-service organizations offer relief, one pastor interviewed here declares that he has never seen so many new needy with so few safety nets. Occasional intertitles offer statistics on corporate job-killing practices and the pernicious decay of the middle-class, but policy-makers and apologists for Wall Street are conspicuous by their absence. A powerful, timely documentary, this is highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (C. 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Harry Gantz\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003eProduced by: \u003c\/strong\u003eJoe Gantz \u0026amp; Harry Gantz\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"line-height: 1.5; color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2017 Educational release \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time:\u003c\/strong\u003e 71 min \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"line-height: 1.5;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLanguage:  \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eEnglish\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSubjects:\u003c\/strong\u003e Sociology, Children, Youth, \u0026amp; Family, Socioeconomics\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAMERICAN WINTER\u003c\/strong\u003e is a timely documentary that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eFilmed over the winter of 2011-12, the film reveals the devastating effects of the mortgage meltdown, high unemployment, the health care crisis, and budget cuts to the social safety net through the eyes of families in crisis.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e  \u003c\/span\u003eWoven into the film are interviews with economic experts, policy analysts, religious leaders, and social workers. Ultimately, \u003cstrong\u003eAMERICAN WINTER\u003c\/strong\u003e presents a powerful portrait of the consequences of rising poverty, the decline of the middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/220061225\" width=\"500\" height=\"281\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAwards\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWINNER - Sidney Award for Excellence in Journalism for the Common Good - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWINNER - Bending Toward Justice Award From Senator Jeff Merkley - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBEST OF FESTIVAL - Workers Unite Film Festival - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - 36th Portland International Film Festival - 2013\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReviews \/ Quotes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Using a mix of hard facts and personal stories, American Winter is too compelling to ignore.\" -\u003cem\u003e Indiewire Review \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\"American Winter\" \u003cem\u003eA Devastating Portrait Of The Erosion Of The Middle Class by Kevin Jagernauth\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Wrenching\" - \u003cem\u003eWashington Post by Elaine Weiss\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Finally, a movie has arrived that shows the precariousness of the US economy for the majority of Americans, refusing to distinguish between a deserving and non-deserving poor\" - \u003cem\u003eGreg Kaufman, The Nation This Week in Poverty: 'A Place at the Table' and 'American Winter'\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"...A very vivid snapshot of what life was like for many formerly middle-class families. Families that, amid the deepest valley of the economic downturn, were having trouble keeping it all together.\" \u003cem\u003e- Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace (American Public Media)\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"Powerful and timely\" \u003cem\u003e- NBC's In Plain Sight\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"A thoughtful and confrontational exploration of poverty\" \u003cem\u003e- P. L. Thomas, Daily Kos\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"p2\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\"An intimate portrait of real American families struggling to make ends meet\" \u003cem\u003e- Ben Bamsey, HLNtv\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"386.2652364261491\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"354.4941421396942\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv data-canvas-width=\"354.4941421396942\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eVideo Librarian\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eThe twin blows of job losses and advancing poverty hit several Portland, OR, families hard in filmmaker Joe Gantz’s American Winter, amelancholy look at paycheck-to-paycheck despair and reduced circumstances in the wake of 2008's economic crash. 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      • Directed by: Joe Gantz & Harry Gantz
      • Produced by: Joe Gantz & Harry Gantz
Released: 2017 Educational release 
Running Time: 71 min 
Language:  English
Subjects: Sociology, Children, Youth, & Family, Socioeconomics

AMERICAN WINTER is a timely documentary that follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  Filmed over the winter of 2011-12, the film reveals the devastating effects of the mortgage meltdown, high unemployment, the health care crisis, and budget cuts to the social safety net through the eyes of families in crisis.  Woven into the film are interviews with economic experts, policy analysts, religious leaders, and social workers. Ultimately, AMERICAN WINTER presents a powerful portrait of the consequences of rising poverty, the decline of the middle class, and the fracturing of the American Dream. 


 

Awards

WINNER - Sidney Award for Excellence in Journalism for the Common Good - 2013

WINNER - Bending Toward Justice Award From Senator Jeff Merkley - 2013

BEST OF FESTIVAL - Workers Unite Film Festival - 2013

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - 36th Portland International Film Festival - 2013

Reviews / Quotes:

"Using a mix of hard facts and personal stories, American Winter is too compelling to ignore." - Indiewire Review "American Winter" A Devastating Portrait Of The Erosion Of The Middle Class by Kevin Jagernauth

"Wrenching" - Washington Post by Elaine Weiss

"Finally, a movie has arrived that shows the precariousness of the US economy for the majority of Americans, refusing to distinguish between a deserving and non-deserving poor" - Greg Kaufman, The Nation This Week in Poverty: 'A Place at the Table' and 'American Winter'

"...A very vivid snapshot of what life was like for many formerly middle-class families. Families that, amid the deepest valley of the economic downturn, were having trouble keeping it all together." - Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace (American Public Media)

"Powerful and timely" - NBC's In Plain Sight

"A thoughtful and confrontational exploration of poverty" - P. L. Thomas, Daily Kos

"An intimate portrait of real American families struggling to make ends meet" - Ben Bamsey, HLNtv 

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The twin blows of job losses and advancing poverty hit several Portland, OR, families hard in filmmaker Joe Gantz’s American Winter, amelancholy look at paycheck-to-paycheck despair and reduced circumstances in the wake of 2008's economic crash. Cameras follow several representative families in weakening income brackets, whose breadwinners have lost jobs to overseas, suffered cuts in benefits, and are now left slaving for the minimum wage—when they can find jobs at all. One woman is newly widowed, experiencing her first winter with her son in a homeless shelter. Another household has to choose between paying the mortgage or utilities bills (a good neighbor allows them to run an electrical cord all the way to his property). A man whose son has Down syndrome faces foreclosure on a homestead that he says brings the boy stability. Another couple, turned out of their own place, must move back in with parents. While some social-service organizations offer relief, one pastor interviewed here declares that he has never seen so many new needy with so few safety nets. Occasional intertitles offer statistics on corporate job-killing practices and the pernicious decay of the middle-class, but policy-makers and apologists for Wall Street are conspicuous by their absence. A powerful, timely documentary, this is highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (C. Cassady)

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