Seattle Premiere! Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (Taxicab Confessions, The Defenders), AMERICAN WINTER follows the personal stories of eight families struggling in the wake of the economic downturn. Shot over the winter of 2011-12 in Portland, Oregon, this powerful film reveals the human impact of budget cuts to social services, rising poverty and economic inequality, and the fracturing of the American Dream. The film premiered on HBO in March 2013 and won Best Documentary Award at the Portland International Film Festival. Most recently, AMERICAN WINTER won "Best of the Festival" at the Workers Unite! Film Festival.
Update, June 18: Please note that this event has been sold out for two weeks. However, there may be cancellations and there may be no-shows. If you were on the waitlist and you did not get a notice that a seat was available, there may be seats available at the door. All seats are first-come, first-served; seats not filled by 6:20 p.m. will be released to waitlist and standby guests. Thank you.
Co-director Joe Gantz is the special guest. We invite you to stay following the film, as local experts talk about how the themes of AMERICAN WINTER are relevant to our community.
Alice Shobe of Building Changes will moderate the discussion and take audience questions. Panelists are Lori Pfingst of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and Marilyn Mason-Plunkett of Hopelink. The discussion will begin at around 8:10 p.m. immediately after the film. There may also be some additional special guests from the film in attendance.
This event is presented by:
Building Changes ● Campion Foundation ● CityClub ● Columbia Legal Services
Firesteel (a YWCA advocacy network) ● Global Music Project/Emerging Artists
Hopelink ● Housing Development Consortium
Northwest Justice Project ● Real Change News ● Rotary District 5030
Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance ● YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish