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Films & Schedules - AMERICAN WINTER


Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)
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DIRECTOR: Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz - UNITED STATES

Five years into the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, American Winter presents a telling snapshot of the state of our society as it exists for millions of American families across the country. Shot over the course of the winter months of 2011–2012, the film follows eight Portland families—found through their calls to 211info, a referral service that steers thousands of families in crisis to available social services—as they were battling to keep their heads above water while facing overwhelming financial challenges and a shrinking social safety net. The devastating effects of the mortgage lending crisis, soaring unemployment, a broken healthcare system, and the budget cuts to the social services are presented through the eyes of these families, all falling into poverty for the first time and struggling to keep their kids fed, clothed, and with a roof over their heads. (90 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Couples Arguing (88), Sex with Strangers (02), Taxicab Confessions (10), The Defenders (11)

Sponsored by OPB.

Interests: Documentary.

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