Kartemquin's newest DVD release is As Goes Janesville, our acclaimed co-production with Milwaukee's 371 Productions. The film aired on PBS Independent Lens in October 2012 to great reviews and an emotional audience response.
Grab the film today on DVD from our store. For educational institutions, please purchase the film from Cinema Guild. The film will also be available soon on the following Video-On-Demand platforms, thanks to distribution via FilmBuff: iTunes, Amazon, Youtube, Vudu, Roxionow, Xbox and Playstation.
The DVD comes with a wealth of extra features, including an Audio Commentary with producers Brad Lichtenstein & Nicole Docta and editor Leslie Simmer, and many deleted scenes, as well as unreleased interviews with GM Executive Diana Tremblay and Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan.
Brad Lichtenstein’s As Goes Janesville reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland — the town of Janesville, Wisconsin. When bankrupt General Motors (GM) shut down the community’s century-old plant in 2008 — their oldest in North America — thousands of jobs were lost. While many workers were forced to leave their families in search of decent jobs, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with the promise of lower wages, reduced regulation, and tax breaks. They formed a powerful alliance with Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped apart the state, triggering an historic recall election. The recall thrust Wisconsin’s boisterous civil war between workers and the business/political power elite onto front pages nationwide.
The New York Times review of the film called As Goes Janesville:
"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... has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller. "
Catch the film on PBS Independent Lens again next week, with a re-broadcast on Monday February 4th at 10pm (check local listings). That same day sees the launch of BizVizz, a corporate accountability app inspired by the movie.
Early DVD reviews:
"Does an excellent job of exhibiting how people live with risk and deal with difficult life-choices. Boldly contrary to the conventional conservative perspective on the unemployed." - Educational Media Reviews Online.
"Even if you know little about Wisconsin politics or Janesville, you will come to admire the grit and determination of the laid-off workers, who struggle to find work, maintain their home lives, and persevere amid the hardships." - Booklist Review.
Theatrical Version (88 minutes)
Audio Commentary with producers Brad Lichtenstein & Nicole Docta and editor Leslie Simmer
PBS Broadcast version (54minutes)
Closed Captioning for the Hearing Impaired
Audio Description for the Visually Impaired
Original 10 Minute Trailer
Behind the Scenes
"BizLab" Takes on the Issues: Pay Them Less? / Stakeholders / Incentives
Interview Excerpts with GM Executive Diana Tremblay
Congressman Paul Ryan Talks about the Movie
ITVS Study Guide
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